Winslow Elementary

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City/Town: Winslow
Location Class: School
Year Built: 1930
Year Abandoned: 2006
Status: Abandoned
Photographer: Michael SchwarzEddy SissonJames Kirkendall
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In the 1930’s, in the southern part of Washington county, the Winslow school for K-12 was created to support education for the rural areas around Winslow, a sparsely populated town in North-West Arkansas. For the next seventy years, Winslow Elementary and high school would remain the only option in primary and secondary education for the area. Finally, in 2004, the high school consolidated with the Greenland school district and closed down.  However, the elementary school remained open for the next couple of years.

After a long history of declining enrollment, the elementary school closed its doors, but not before influencing the creation of a public library where the high school used to stand. The history of this rural school is fairly straight forward.  What’s particularly interesting is the state of decay that remained. There are many parts of the school that appear destroyed and vandalized, as you may expect from a closed down school. Viewing the art room, for example, with splattered paint on the walls and art supplies utterly destroyed, calls to something primal. Walking through certain rooms of the school, however, gives the impression that the school is still very much in attendance. The decorations and desks are still in their place, the markers and pens are ready for use, and there are still assignments left written in notebooks and on chalkboards. It seems as though, one day, a fire alarm was pulled and everyone went outside to follow procedure, but no one ever came back.

The effect is both haunting and beautiful as we are allowed a glimpse into the everyday life of this school and its students, from the fake money used to teach shopping and finance to the student painting that still hangs prominently in the cafeteria. Walking through, we began to expect the 3:00 bell to ring, and when we left, we were almost disappointed that it hadn’t.

Article written by Wells Thompson and Michael Schwarz – AAR staff

KNWA Press

 

 

49 Comments

  1. The Winslow Community Center Association invites everyone to come see us and see what we've done by reacquiring, restoring and re-purposing these beloved buildings. It's a work in progress…but no longer ABANDONED ARKANSAS!

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  2. Wow. Just stumbled across this. Brings back sooo many memories of going there (1990-1996). My mother taught 4th grade, my sisters & I played basketball there, and I remember the band G-Force Cat, who included our math teacher Keith Smith as drummer, playing one of the school dances. Lots of friends, wonderful teachers, and even more memories galore! Heh, the giant squirrel on the gym wall was by far the most intimidating a squirrel could ever look!

  3. Carrie Laughter on

    My children attended school here until 2003. The teachers and staff there were wonderful. This little school was a family. It is so sad to see what has become of the school and the whole town for that matter. It's like a ghost town these days. Sad.

  4. So sad to see all of that equipment just wasted. Winslow or Greenland couldn't repurpose any of the materials? Or perhaps donate them to other school districts, or day cares, or homeschool parents?

    Taxpayer dollars pissed away.

  5. I went to school all 12 years, my mom graduated there, my kids graduated there, and I taught there 16 years…8 in 4th and 8 in 6th….super kids, lots of fun….wonderful memories…we were a family….very sad……I played basketball in that gym…..thanks for the article and pictures….

  6. These guys do good work documenting abandoned places in Arkansas. But let's not give them any more rural schools to document. Start contacting your legislators, some who may be new, as well as the Governor-elect, to repeal Act 60 and allow former school districts to re-constitute.

  7. I grew up in Winslow and was all state two years playing basketball in this gym.. My Dad was the maintenance guy and over saw the cleaning and construction of the gym floor.. A lot of history. Because of my playing days in this gym I am now a head basketball coach.. Picture brought back many memories.. Thanks for sharing

  8. So sad to see what our memories have been reduced too! This gym and school hold so many memories I can't imagine why anyone would deface it like they have-feeling heartbroken!

  9. My love for Basketball was created here. I love this place. 5 years ago today my family was there cleaning the place up, power washing the walls, vacuuming the bleachers so we could hold the funeral service for my grandpa. Thank you for putting a spotlight on our little town, Winslow: Home of the Squirrels.

  10. Thank you for documenting this!! My daughter and I were in tears watching, remembering our times as a Squirrel… very special times and even more special people..so very painful to see the neglect and destruction of my beloved school…. Forever proud to be a Squirrel!!!!!!!!

  11. Man, that hurts… I was in the last graduating class, 2005. And the last valedictorian of WHS. Seeing the gym is painful. So many of us spent so many night there from elementary through high school.. from performing with Ken Endris and our Flying Squirrels at half time to basketball and cheering to homecoming and pep rallies… all of our assemblies, picture day, practices, performances… that gym was our heart. Does anyone know where all of our banners, trophies, and pictures are? The painting in the cafeteria need to go to the Winslow Museum. The last room in the wooden building was our weight room in High school. Prior to that, I think that was my class' 2nd grade class room. Before the new elementary was built, k-2 was in the wooden building and the grounds when the new building went was our playground. 3-6 was in the old part of building on the south side with the offices & computer lab. Then when they built the new part, prek-6 was moved into the entire building. There was another wooden building below the existing one, but it was torn down sometime after we graduated…. time pretty much stopped in Winslow when the school was closed. It was all this town had left.

  12. It is sad to see these building in such disrepair, they could have been used for any number of things, but those in charge allowed it to go and let nature and young thugs reak havock with them, I went to this school from 1971-1983, and later I helped do ground work for the small school building that is shown in these photos, its sad that this has/was allowed to happen

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