Friday, September 14, 2012

Is the old Sanger High School haunted by a pair of star crossed lovers?

Apparently schools are a popular haunting spot for star crossed lovers. There's a story that the old Sanger High School (now the Washington Academic Middle School) has a pair of ghosts that haunt its theater area. Sometime in the 1990's there was a young couple madly in love like only teenagers could be. The girl's parents were very strict and she hid the fact that she had a boyfriend from them for several months as she knew they would not have approved. One day her mother finally found about the boyfriend and demanded the daughter break up with him immediately and never see him again. Defying her mother and apparently taking inspiration from Romeo and Juliet, she met her boyfriend at the high school and both committed suicide in the theater by hanging themselves.

Why they chose the theater to take their lives is never said. Perhaps it was their favorite place to spend time, or maybe they met there and it held a special place in their heart. What is known is that both ghosts have been seen in the theater since their deaths. The girl is usually seen on the second floor near the area where the balcony used to be located. A more gruesome vision of her has also been seen hanging from a rope in front of the stage. As for her boyfriend, he is usually seen near the main entrance to the theater. No one knows why he is seen here, some think he may be waiting for his love for some unknown reason.

Now whether this story has any merit to it or not is hard to say. Someone e-mailed me the story, saying they had heard it when they went to the old high school. I did the obligatory internet searches, but it's not like Google is going to find me a website with this story on it (well I guess it will now once their bots scan this page). Hopefully someone reading this will know something and it will be able to add to the story. Still an interesting story and adds yet another legend to the area.


Michael said...

Thought I would add this to the story. When I posted this link on my Facebook page two friends of mine who worked in law enforcement in Sanger commented on the story. They had never heard of it but did say that a security guard did commit suicide in the school and for a while after "strange noises" were heard. There was also mention of a girl seen hanging from the rafters (nothing more was said, trying to find out more as I type this). Could these two incidents somehow have been morphed into the story that I was told?

JohnJayJay said...

Would seem a little too fantastical to be true. Too scripted. I would think if two teens hung themselves in a local high school, this would be the stuff of well known history and opposed to an obscure rumor.

Anonymous said...

I attended SHS in the late 1980's and still live in Sanger. I've never heard this version about the theater being haunted. Two kids killing themselves at the high school would be a story that would run the Sanger grapevine like wild fire. Everyone would have heard about it. I can't say it's true or false, but it seems like a pretty sensational story to have never heard of when you live in Sanger.
I do recall a teacher telling our class once about the theater stage being haunted. She used to work in the Drama department and before her time there was supposedly a student who hung himself or was accidentally hung. She said weird things would happen during rehearsals and production. I do recall her saying she felt there was a protective presence. Someone almost fell off a ladder and felt as if someone grabbed them so they wouldn't fall but no one was there. She did not see any ghosts.
I have no idea if her story was true either and I never heard any other students ever talk about the theater being haunted.
I really respected that particular teacher but she could have been pulling our legs. Her version seems more believable than one about star crossed lovers pulling a Romeo & Juliet in the school theater. Do I believe any version? Probably not. But I do know I wouldn't want to be on that stage in the dark. It used to be pretty creepy back there. But I'm sure it's only because it was so old.

Anonymous said...

I also attended the old SHS, from 92 thru 96. I heard these stories, but the incident supposedly happened a long time before, I am assuming 30's or 40's. The story went that there was a tragic hanging, I do not remember if it was accidental or intentional. After the incident, strange things would happen. There is supposed to be an entire dressing room below that stage where the hanging took place, which was closed off and never used again (and in true ghost story tradition, the rope was supposedly never removed and is still there). Would be interesting if someone was able to go and do some investigating though!

Brandon Melton said...

Dang, if that rope is still there, it should be exhumed and removed.

Marshall S. said...

I went to Sanger High in the 90's and I live in Sanger now and I have never heard of it.