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USA Skinny High School, USA, 2016

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Compiled from two visits in October and November of this year, with a bunch of non Oblivion State peeps. History and historical pictures taken from various sites.

 

 

Skinny Street was opened in 1957 as a high school, with it's first class graduating in 1961. In 1961 the Alabama Air National Guard donated a U. S. Air Force F-86D "Sabre" fighter jet, a relic of the Korean war, to the school. The jet was painted in the school colors of Blue and Red, and placed on the roof of the school.

 

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(Not my photo)

 

In the 1971-72 and 1972-73 years the Football team won back to back state championships, gaining national recognition, and appearing on the cover of National Geographic. Sometime in the 1980's the school was changed from a high school to a middle school. With a declining student base, in October of 2006 the Birmingham Board of Education heard a proposal to close the school and transfer students to a newer facility, the students were transferred January 2007. In the fall of 2007 the state turned the jet over to the Southern Museum Of Flight, where it was restored to it's former military colors and put on display. Since then the Skinny High School has been the subject of various proposals and plans, none of which has materialized. For many years since it's closing, volunteers from the surrounding neighborhoods would get together to clean at the Skinny High School, we however didn't run into anyone the two Saturday afternoons we were here.

 

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Gif featuring Skinny High School alumni.

 

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Aerial photo taken in the 1960's.

 

 

 

 

And on to what it looks like now. 

 

 

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Oh, and some random guy decided to show up and ride his dirt bike around the property and make as much fucking noise as possible before getting off and heading inside some of the buildings. My friend took a little video of him from the roof parking and getting off his bike, I'll try and post that if he sends it to me.

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Thanks for looking!

 

More pics here

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/137551524@N06/albums/72157675462978055

 

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Cool looking place, especially that auditorium :) Thanks for sharing @Sheavy:thumb 

 

The first couple of stock images are not showing correctly (it just says 'image by tripod.com') Can you have a look at the hosting site and see if you can get them back? If not just let me know and i can delete the broken links :) 

 

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On 11/15/2016 at 4:28 PM, hamtagger said:

Cool looking place, especially that auditorium :) Thanks for sharing @Sheavy:thumb 

 

The first couple of stock images are not showing correctly (it just says 'image by tripod.com') Can you have a look at the hosting site and see if you can get them back? If not just let me know and i can delete the broken links :) 

 

:comp: 

 

That's strange, they show up fine for me, I'll have a fiddle with them.

 

Or not, the edit option is gone.

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