OPERATION TIME: 1957 to 2007
The L. Frazier Banks Middle School (also called the Banks Middle School) was originally opened as a high school in 1957. In the early 1960s, the school acquired a retired US Air Force F-86D/L “Sabre.” The plane was repainted blue and scarlet (the school’s colors) and became a landmark and mascot for the high school. Under the direction of Superintendent Cleveland Hammonds, the school was turned into a middle school during the 1990s. The auditorium was damaged by arson in December 2000. L. Frazier Banks Middle School began closing in 2006 and completed its closure by fall 2007.
At some point, a teacher was said to commit suicide by jumping off the airplane that sits atop the building, shortly after revealing a disruptive student had “driven her crazy.” Her death is believed to be the cause of the hauntings. The classroom intercom turns on and off by itself. The girls’ bathroom stall doors in the 6th grade section slam shut. The paranormal activity seems to be more prevalent on Halloween.
- Forgotten USA. “Banks Middle School,” www.ForgottenUSA.com
- Ghost Quest. “Folklore & Haunted Locations Guide: Alabama, USA,” www.GhostQuest.net
- Wikipedia. “L. Frazier Banks Middle School,” www.Wikipedia.org