Old Helena High School

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Year Built: 1910's | Year Abandoned: 1970's
Status: Restored (2012)
Photojournalist: Brandon Phillips

Located in Helena this old school ran from the early 1900′s to about 1970′s. Closure to this school was most likely due to low enrollment.

Remodeling

Old High School Remodeled

“Renovations are underway as Door Creek construction converts the old high school into fixed-income apartments. Construction continues at the Old Helena High School as windows are being placed by Door Creek Construction crew. Windows are being provided by Rockford Illinios Earthwise Lindsay Window and Door.” Helena-Arkansas.com

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Ellen Russell Posey
Ellen Russell Posey
2 years ago

I remember being bussed from West Helena for some reason, I don't remember what??? to this school in the 4th grade. We had a class on the top floor and that seemed sooooo high up at that time. We would look down. Also I can remember we would stand on the corner and taunt the kids across the street at Sacred Heart….also I remember walking up Ark St. hill and standing on the sidewalk outside an old abandoned huge house and we called the haunted house. ..So long ago..Ellen

Carol Cook
Carol Cook
3 years ago

I remember the auditorium well! It was there that Pauline McDaniel Smith held our dance recitals. Great old school!

Alice Robertson
Alice Robertson
3 years ago

When was the alumni reunion?

eams
eams
3 years ago

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Ellie
Ellie
4 years ago

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Ralph Carter
Ralph Carter
4 years ago

I attended the old Helena High School 1938-1944. At that time Jefferson School covered the first 4 grades. HHS, grades 5 thru 12.

Kelly Jordan
Kelly Jordan
Reply to  Ralph Carter
3 years ago

I think my grandma went to that school too. Her name was Ruth Mount

Michael Benge
Michael Benge
5 years ago

WOW! What interesting architecture-so does this come in under late Beaux Arts or what? Doesn't have the school Gothic of the teens and twenties. A building like this definitely deserves to be repurposed.

Tial MM
Tial MM
5 years ago

This old school has it's own story well and need to be in good position again. statement of purpose writing service ..

sarah gregory
sarah gregory
5 years ago

I went to school there at Helena elementary from 1962 to 1867 the 4,5,6th grade
its was a great school and the principal live just acroos the street .

sarah gregory
sarah gregory
Reply to  sarah gregory
5 years ago

1962 to 1967

Laura Allen
Laura Allen
5 years ago

Maybe each apartment could have a refurbished desk or chalk board wall. That would be great.

Linda Barber
Linda Barber
5 years ago

Come see it now that it is restored. We are having an Alumni Reunion this Friday and Saturday

Laurie S McLendon
Laurie S McLendon
5 years ago

I knew this was called Helena Elementary school at one time! Thanks Eddy. I knew I wasn't going nuts!

I went to Sacred Heart from 1-6th…grades

we would go across the street to see plays at the Helena Elementary school! Some we had to pay for !

John Little
John Little
6 years ago

My Father James Alfred Little went to this school, we visited and I have a picture with me and him sitting on the steps. Sad to see that they let such a Great piece of history waste! My Father was born Oct 10, 1921

Josh Y.
Josh Y.
6 years ago

It's kinda pathetic that with the resources everyone has now that a place can get this way… There's a building in Scranton that says circa 18xx on the front, looks like someone took care of it until about 10 years ago. When I noticed one piece of tin flopped up, it's still like that, I'm sure it has a lot of damage from that by now

Dee Ann
Dee Ann
6 years ago

What a wonderful auditorium that was, with even a balcony.

Eli James
Eli James
7 years ago

It was a the high school in the 1930's. It is where my grandparents graduated in 1939

Ariel
Ariel
7 years ago

All these years I thought that was some kind of asylum. That place always creeped me out as a child.

aaron stone
7 years ago

I have photos of Brandon Phillips stepping through the floor here exactly 8 seconds after i told him to watch his step! hah

Brandon
Brandon
Reply to  aaron stone
7 years ago

I remember it quite well. 🙂

Eddy
Eddy
7 years ago

I went to tbhis school in 1966 to 1967 and it was a grade school. Why does eveyone keep calling it a high school and sacred hearts academy?

Brandon
Brandon
Reply to  Eddy
7 years ago

Good to know. I've never heard it called anything other than Helena High School.

Marsha
Marsha
Reply to  Eddy
5 years ago

It was an elementary school. I attended it in the 4-6th grade when the races started mingling. That was a hard year and the blacks backed then were non too happy for the change and reacted badly when I was in the sixth grade. I got my first taste of how much that hated the change when I was backed up in the bathroom and a knife pulled on me. They just said they WERE taking over and I better get out of their way. That was a group of sixth grade girls for goodness sake! The third floor was… Read more »

Lawson Anderson
Lawson Anderson
Reply to  Eddy
5 years ago

It was Helena high school before it was an elementary school. My dad went to high school there in the 1930s. Sacred heart was a convent across the street. It is long gone.

Sarah Anderson
7 years ago

What is the name of the school?

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