Not only at the elementary school, but my home is haunted still to this day. I think Seagraves is a sea of graves because many homes are also haunted and that's a fact.|
Submitted by Elsa
Categories: sea, school, home
The elementary school in Seagraves, TX is, indeed, a strange and interesting place. The buildings, playground, concrete tennis courts, and adjoining bus barn occupy an entire block. The building itself has very old areas and more recent additions. I believe the southern end of the school is the oldest. Part of the structure started out as the single campus for the district. There are classrooms, an ancient wooden gym, a large music room, and old administration offices housed in this portion. More interestingly, this is also home to an upstairs home to an auditorium and old typing classroom that has been converted into a science lab. These areas are accessible by a central staircase that leads up, but also down to a smaller, underground gym.
The northern end of the school is a much more recent addition with additional classrooms, current administration offices, a library and cafeteria. The layout of the school, as a whole, is very interesting. The main body runs from north to south, oldest to newest, in one very long, continuous hallway that spans the length of the block. There is then a 90-degree turn, leading to the library, cafeteria and additional classrooms. As stated before, I believe it was originally the sole campus for the district housing all elementary and secondary students in a central location. In subsequent years, a newer high school and Jr high were built a few blocks away, and those classes were relocated. What was left is now a huge elementary school for relatively small student body. The continuous hallway is so long it's hard to see clearly from one end to the other. There are many, many closets, storage areas and mysterious doors located throughout the school. How do I know? I was the principal in the late 2000s. I am not a big believer in the paranormal, but I did see and hear some odd things I could not explain.
I was hired in the spring from my previous job as a Central Texas school administrator. I was excited to start this new chapter of my life. I made many trips to Seagraves in April and May in preparation to begin full-time in the summer. When summer came, the district was in the process of buying houses and renovating them for several school families, like mine, moving into the area. These new school houses were slowly being turned into comfortable homes. I said I could wait because my wife had a good job and wanted to put off moving as long as possible. It was decided I would work during the week and return to my family on the weekends. I would stay in my new office, sleep on the couch and shower in the gym for the summer.
The first week of summer I settled in. The first night I heard many strange noises, but dismissed them to an old building. Later on through the week, I met many teachers and townspeople and I noticed a pattern. When I would reveal my living situation, many folks would talk, in whispers, about the strange things they had seen or heard at the school. I gave no merit to such tales and laughed it off.
Midweek I saw something I will never forget. Seagraves is very hot in the summer. The air conditioning in my office was on a timer after 5pm to save energy. The timer would run the A/C for 4 hours before shutting off and required resetting in a hall closet. I set the timer before I went to sleep at about 11pm. I awoke at about 3:30am burning up. I went out into the hallway to reset the unit. As I walked out and looked down that long stretch of empty tile, something caught my eye way down at the other end.
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