Ghost Girl isn’t the only one haunting the halls of El Paso High
Ghost Girl is probably the most talked about entity at El Paso High School, but the school is also home to other resident ghosts, including a poltergeist.
Welcome to another edition of Haunted El Paso, where we explore the frontier’s most haunted paranormal stories.
El Paso High School is over a century old, and although it goes by many names such as La High or Lady on the Hill, it is also known as America’s most haunted high school.
Features run through every floor of the school, including the tunnels, Jones Stadium, and the buildings surrounding the school.
I graduated from El Paso High School, and this building has a special place in my heart, but the truth is, the school is truly haunted.
Throughout my four years at El Paso High, my friends and I avoided walking the hallways alone, especially the 3rd floor, auditorium and the old gymnasium near the stadium because of the weird vibes we were experiencing in. school.
I remember stumbling across a hazy fog near the mini-library adjacent to the main library, seeing dark figures and hearing noises and voices in the hallways when no one was around . Needless to say, visiting the bathroom alone was an absolute no-no.
Spooky tales include lights on and off, apparitions walking the halls, sounds of gatherings coming from the auditorium, and many other paranormal activities taking place in the old school gymnasium and tunnels. There were also reports of mud on the walls and mists, just as I once saw in the library. There is even photographic evidence of a ghost that appeared in a 1985 yearbook.
Photographic evidence for Ghost Girl dates back decades, including her appearance in the 1985 school yearbook. The class can be seen in the school photo, but a girl (seen in the second row from bottom to the right) looks blurry and out of place. According to staff, the girl did not appear on the original negative but in the developed photo. No one knows who she is and her identity remains a mystery to this day.
According to haunted school tradition, in 1922, a teenage girl committed suicide by cutting her wrists and throwing herself from one of the school balconies. Not only did the students see someone near the now blocked hallway and stairwell that lead to the balcony, but over the years they have claimed to have seen someone walk across the hallway to the balcony and make a leap to see it disappear.
Ghost Girl is just one of the most active ghosts in school and is typically photographed standing or looking out of high school windows for over 100 years of age.
If Ghost Girl’s class photo doesn’t give you goosebumps, let me tell you about the poltergeist roaming the old gym.
If you’ve seen the movie Glory Road, then you know the old EPHS gymnasium. The story goes that a few students and their coach in the 1980s started training for basketball around 6 p.m. when a short time later two heavy access doors slammed open. Thinking that the wind had caused the disturbance, they dragged a wooden bench to keep it closed. The heavy bench flew across the room a few minutes later, and the doors swung open again. The group ran as fast as they could and never looked back.
During the renovation of the auditoriums, the workers removed the steps leading to the stage and discovered a complete set of Catholic Encyclopedias hidden under the steps. Why and who put it there – no one knows.
Not only does El Paso High School have a fallout shelter, its basement was once used as an overflow mortuary during World War II and in the aftermath of the Spanish flu epidemic. The morgue, located near the school tunnels, is also the site of many unexplainable shadow, bangs, bangs, sounds and screams.
During a very heavy snowstorm, some teachers and students arrived before the announcement of the school closure. Alone in the building, the group decided to explore the school, starting with the basement tunnels. They quickly discovered closed classrooms with their contents perfectly preserved inside, including student personal belongings. To this day, no one knows why the classrooms were hastily closed, but it’s obvious they wanted to prevent something from escaping.
Girl in the blue dress
According to journalism instructor Angelo Plecluda, he and his students were working on the yearbook late one night when they finally arrested him almost at midnight. As the group exited the building, the teacher saw someone in the dark hallway. Plecluda reports that he saw a young woman in a 1940s or 1950s blue chiffon ball gown standing near the exit sign. Assuming it was a student, he waited for the girl to approach his direction. As she got closer, the girl in the blue chiffon dress started to turn transparent, and he noticed that she was not standing on the ground but rather hovering in the air only to disappear into the shadows.
The school auditorium is also one of the most haunted areas, as cheering rallies were heard in the dead of night when students and staff were not present over the years. The guards even refuse to work after sundown because of all the weird things happening after work hours.
Jones Stadium has a lot of history, including being one of the top 10 high school football stadiums in the United States.
The RR Jones Stadium was built in 1916, becoming the first large concrete stadium built in the country, and General John J. ‘Black Jack’ Pershing has been said to have already mounted his horse in the field to help celebrate the entry of the United States into the First World War.
The stadium is also considered the birthplace of the Texas Friday Night Lights hosting the very first Friday Night football games in Texas in 1928.
Jones Stadium is also the scene of more paranormal activity, from ghostly football players on the pitch to ghost entities sitting in the stands to the sounds of a cheering crowd at a cheering rally.
With so much history behind it and all the inexplicable tales of paranormal activity, El Paso High School ranks high on our list of El Paso’s most haunted places on the border.
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