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Pocatello High School -
Haunted Place - Pocatello High School
325 North Arthur Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho 83204
Pocatello High School Web Site * (208) 233-2056
Pocatello High School
can be found on the southwest side of Pocatello, two blocks north of West
Center Street, west of the railroad tracks.
DESCRIPTION AND HISTORY:
The city of
Pocatello, which can be found along the old Oregon Trail, on the Snake
River Plain, was long known as "The Gate City" to the area's "economic
and educational development.
In 1810, trappers came and started
the development ball rolling, which resulted in city hood for Pocatello
in 1882. In 1834, Fort Hall was built, only 8 miles north on the Oregon
Trail. During the gold rush of the 1860s, stages and freight lines came
through Pocatello's Portneuf Valley which all traveled to the West Coast
and back again. The railroad, originating from Utah, was built through
Pocatello in 1876, which wound up connecting Portland, Omaha and Salt
By the 1890s, growth was rapid as
land taken from the Indians was up for grabs. The city today is the result
of no sensible Urban planning, one source laments. It was laid out by
the clerks in the land office, not by engineers who knew what they were
The original Pocatello High School
was built on this same spot probably in the early 1900s. It burned to
the ground in 1914, because the city had water pressure problems. The
oldest buildings of the current Pocatello High school were built in 1916.
A major addition and the gymnasium were built in 1939. Since then, more
buildings and a new gym have been added to the campus.
The school has been updated and renovated
throughout the years, but still has its 1916 charm!
HISTORY OF MANIFESTATIONS/manifestations:
1) History: Sometime during the
time period, ranging from the 1930s -'50s two girls made a suicide
pact. One girl killed herself the next day by hanging herself from her
locker, while the other girl chickened out.
* The smell of the dead girl's
favorite perfume used to permeate the locker bay where her locker was
located. The school finally removed the locker.
* An apparition of a young girl
is seen wandering around the school at night by custodial staff.
* For years afterwards, the faint
scent of her perfume was smelled by the living. On occasion, the custodian
will get a strong blast of the scent when the night is still.
2) History: For many years, a real
skeleton was used in science classes. When the school began to use plastic
skeletons, some entity was disappointed that his bones were no long
* Science teachers would find
bones from the real skeleton tucked away in their science cabinets,
and in odd places in their rooms.
3) Other Paranormal Occurrences:
*Apparitions of entities can be seen
inside the Library by looking through the window from the street and
from windows in the back of the buildings.
* Late at night, one can hear
an alarm go off for a short time in the area where the old Gym was
* During the evening hours, the
sound of piano playing can be heard coming from the auditorium when
no one living is there.
Yes, as many reports over the years
and recently confirm the existence of entities who are still going to
high school one way or the other.
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