GHOSTS OF THE PRAIRIE
TENNESSEE HIGH SCHOOL
A 1940's postcard of Tennessee High School at night
The Tennessee High School in Bristol is a haunted place, which is not an uncommon thing for a school to be. In fact, schools and colleges seem to attract spirits, often in the form of deceased teachers, maintenance workers and even former students. Tennessee High School doesn't have just one ghost however... it boasts three.
The school was originally built in 1939 and called Fifth Street School. A new addition was built behind the school in the mid-1970's and a few years later, the vocational wing and a hall were added. It is in the older, original portion of the building where the first, and most famous, ghost actually appears.
Her name, according to the students, is "Agnes" and she was supposed to have been killed on her way to the school for an affair called "class night". This was a formal event when Junior students were officially promoted to the Senior Class and the Seniors were given a last farewell from the school. According to the legend, Agnes was killed on her way to the dance by a train that struck the car she was riding in at a particularly dangerous intersection. Since that time, she had been haunting the building. Students and staff members have heard her footsteps in the hallways and have glimpsed a girl in a white dress passing along the corridor. Even after the hallways were carpeted and her footsteps were no longer heard, maintenance workers still feel her presence in the building at night. According to some sources, she was once seen in the television broadcasting booth of the auditorium.
Another ghost of the high school is not that of a person, but a thing - although this phantom is also believed to be connected to the ghost of the luckless Agnes. This specter is a phantom train that is said to emerge from the gymnasium and blast noisily along the hallway. The sound was so loud that the hallways and rooms would shake as it passed! It has long been long been believed that this ghostly train is the "spectral image" of the same train that killed Agnes when she was on her way to class night!
The other ghost is that of a former athlete who was run down by a car while walking home from a game one night. His spirit has returned to the school and students have reported seeing and encountering him while attending games in the Field House.
Bristol, Tennessee is located in the upper eastern region of the state, just across
the border from Virginia.
Copyright 2001 by Troy Taylor. All Rights Reserved.
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