Southside Elementary

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Year Built: 1926 | Year Abandoned: 2003
Status: Abandoned
Photojournalist: James Kirkendall

Southside Elementary School is the oldest school building in El Dorado that was still in use as of April 23 1986. It is a 2 Story building with a spacious basement. It is one year older then the Yocum Elementary School in El Dorado. The land was purchased by the El Dorado School district on May 13 1924 and the building was constructed on April 5, 1926. Between 1924 and 1926 classes were conducted in portable buildings. Southside Elementary School had about 300 students up until about mid 1980’s, and they had about 350 students or more during the oil boom. Architects and engineers conducted a survey of Southside Elementary School. $250,000 to replace electrical systems, $500,000 and up to repair heating and cooling, $100,000 to repair foundation problems. $750,000 to $1 million to repair the worn out systems and building would still not be handicapped accessible.

El Dorado School board voted to close Southside Elementary School in 2003.

Article by James Kirkendall

Sources: El Dorado NEWS-TIMES, Barton Library.

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Southside Owl
Southside Owl
2 months ago

Southside Elementary School Song

Southside Southside
The school we all adore
Southside Southside
We love you more and more
We go to school to work and play and have a fun time every day
So everyone jump up and say
Hoo-raaayyyy!!!!
Hooray for Southside

David Britt
David Britt
6 months ago

First time commenter here. But, I went to this school and it saddens me more than I thought to hear about it’s abandonment and subsequent demolition. I loved this school it was such a cool old building. I’m very sad today

School for Kids
1 year ago

You wrote a comprehensive article and give us exceptional information about south side elementary. Please keep posting such kind of informative stuff.

Wilk
Wilk
3 years ago
Celine Sy
4 years ago

Hey, I'm a long time fan and reader of your blog, first time commenter. Just wanted to say this post really hit home with the stuff I've been looking into. Thanks man

kitkor
kitkor
4 years ago

is it haunted? i need to make more videos

Ben
Ben
4 years ago

It has since been torn down. It was the oldest school in El Dorado, and they didn't even bother to empty it out first or even clean it up after the demo. It's just disgraceful to the memory of one of the best schools in town.

Hailey
Hailey
5 years ago

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wreed1
wreed1
5 years ago

Sad it got torn down. February 10, 2016 will be a dark day remembered for numerous Southside alumni.

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5 years ago

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5 years ago

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Bulah Warriner
5 years ago

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paul baker
paul baker
5 years ago

It does not take much to change restrooms to handicap would need elevator handicap ramps

waqas
waqas
5 years ago

thaks

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Daniel Morton
Daniel Morton
6 years ago

I attended this school from '92-'96 with the GT program. Absolutely heartbreaking to see it in this shape. Just a shell of its former self.

Gail Kosko
Gail Kosko
6 years ago

Repair it…and make it into apartment/condo lofts out of it..cool old building I hate to see it torn down !

Sandra Mason
Sandra Mason
Reply to  Gail Kosko
6 years ago

good idea!

miller
miller
6 years ago

They find money to fix everything else around here they can find money to fix the school.

Warren Bell
6 years ago

I went to Southside grades 1-8 in the 1940s. We got a very good education there. We had dedicated teachers and staff. I still remember the school song: Southside, Southside, the school we all adore; Southside, Southside, we love it more and more; We go to school to work and play; and have a grand time every day; Let everyone stand up and say: Hurrah for Southside!

tamie
tamie
6 years ago

Could help with the unemployed

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