Panola High School and Gym – Panola

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Address:  Vicinity of Panola, Oklahoma 040, Latimer County 077; Sec. 5, T 5 N, R 20 E County:  Latimer
Started:   Completed:  1936

Current Usage:

 

Description:


A building of ten or more classrooms, the Panola high school and gymnasium is a single story, essentially rectangular (76′ x 106′) structure constructed of poured concrete that has been painted white. With the exception of over the gym where it is arched, the roof is flat with parapets. Pilasters decorate the exterior walls; windows, which reach to the level of interior ceilings, are placed by twos. Entryways are recessed.
The school building is significant because it provided work opportunities for destitute coal miners in the Panola community and because it created a new environment conducive to learning. The measure of its educational significance is that it remains in use today. As a rural WPA school building, the structure is notable for its poured concrete exterior and size/scale. To the community its allusion to an art deco style is architecturally unique as is its type of construction material and workmanship.

VERBAL BOUNDARY DESCRIPTION: On the southside of the railroad tracts in the Panola community, the property line begins 1640 feet west of the SE corner of Sec. 5, T 5 N, R 20 E, and runs north 308 feet, west 208 feet, south 308 feet and east 208 feet.

Sources:

  1. Oklahoma Landmarks Inventory Nomination
  2. National Register of Historic Places
  3. Panola Public Schools
  4. Alumni Page

Supported Documents:

  1. WPA Properties Latimer County – Panola High School and Gym
  2. National Register of Historic Places Support Document
  3. National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form

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