Friday, August 20, 2010

Is Fresno High's Royce Hall haunted?


The ghost of a janitor is said to roam Fresno High's Royce Hall


There have been rumors for years that Fresno's Royce Hall, which was built in 1922, is haunted. Stories have been told over the years of a janitor that fell to his death sometime in the 1930's. There have been reports of hearing whistling in the lobby when there is no one else around as well as seeing a shadowy figure on the north stair case. People have also claimed to see the janitor at an upstair window, staring down at them as they walk by.

There have also been reports of an uneasy presence being felt in the teacher's lounge while others have heard footsteps and the sound of keys jingling in the stage area late at night. As the witnesses walked further they heard whistling and the lights flickered. Having heard of the stories already, needless to say they quickly got the hell out of there.

It's hard to say if these stories are true or not, as it seems that almost any school with an auditorium seems to be haunted. Still, there are so many different stories that have the same elements there may be some truth behind it. Whatever the case may be, the stories definitely add to the folklore of Fresno.

10 comments:

TINA BURTON said...

i use to go to fresno high school and i am really surprised at what i read it blows me away

Anonymous said...

I took theater my Freshman year and was in the marching band so I spent time in Royce Hall. I was told by friends about someone falling to their death down the stairs on the north end of the stage. Over the years it changed from a student to a janitor to a teacher. I've been there after dark and you do get that weird feeling when you walk the halls either alone or if there's one or two people with you. I asked both my parents who went to Fresno High in the 70's and they were told similar things.

Anonymous said...

i went 2 Fresno High last year and i was in Choir.... there were many evenings or rite after school i would hear foot steps behind me on the stage.... and no 1 but me was there... it scared me so bad once i never walked in2 royce hall without some1 with me again...

Anonymous said...

I'm currently at Fresno High, and have been in Theatre for all four years. On many occasions have I felt someone was there, or seen a shadowy figure not just on stage, but underneath the stage, and in Royce Hall.
In Royce Hall, I would see lights flickering on and off, and the only way a light could turn on is if there was someone there because the lights have motion sensors. I've had classes in both rooms in Royce Hall, and in C-30, the lights were known to constantly flicker on and off in the office.
As for on stage, I've often seen shadowy figures walking down the stairs to get underneath the stage. Also, one day, a friend and I were at the school early to set up for the tech rehearsal for one of our shows, and as we were going to turn on a light on the stage, we heard a cough. We were a bit frightened, but figured the head janitor was there. We later found out we were the only two in Royce Hall.
These are only a few of the many strange occurrences that I have encountered in Royce Hall.

Angela Garcia said...

I'm in my junior year at Fresno High and I'm in Leadership and at times I wiil be in Royce hall after rallys or during a noontime activity and i can feel that something is there with me and no one is there with me. At times my friends and I will be in Royce Hall and we have taken photos and we have seen a black figure in the photo. I didn't really mind cause I'm use to it.

Michael said...

Angela any chance you can e-mail me the photo? I'd love to see it.

Angela said...

Micheal when i get a chance i will email you a bunch of photos

Micayla said...

I used to have class in c-30 my freshman year, I would usually get to school at like 6:30 in the morning, eat breakfast and then go up to the top of the stairs in royce hall by my class. I was the only one in there and I would get uneasy feelings and chills, and I would also hear footsteps. I would also look over by the rail and the chandeleir would be shining its light, and I've seen a shadow before. It scared the crap out of me but it doeant seem threatning.

Anonymous said...

hi there im am currently a fhs hmong student goin to be a junior this coming up year(GO WARRIORS)and i really want to see some photos too.. may u please email me some too.. and not only that i heard tons of things goin on in royce hall too.. such as the girl hang herself.. a janitor falling down the N-side Stair case and tons of other things.. i really want to see or feel something that really is true.. and also my friend told me that fhs has a dungeon and Goat Hell is on top of a Chinese Cemetary and aa Bomb Shield.. omg i soo want to know more about these things in fhs.. anyone knows more about this please let me know at kanaxiong@hotmail.com thanks i really Appreciated:))

Bianca Umanzor said...

i go to fresno high right now as a freshmen i've heard these stories and i am in theater and want to try out for the play so i can see if the royce hall legend is true. if im there and those stuff people say to happen, i will be scared to be in the again, But not that scared cuz i love ghosts movies,shows,videos,and stories. Wish me luck that i wouldn't see or hear any of that stuff.

~Bianca Umanzor