Boarding School

Established in the early part of the 20th century, this private religious institution was once a pillar of a small Mississippi community. The boarding school was overseen by sisters from the Catholic University in Washington, D.C. The well-educated nuns taught classes ranging from basic math and sciences to music, theater, and foreign language. When the school hosted a theater performance or play, the entire town would attend. The boarding school operated with only several hundred students annually, so class sizes were kept small. However, the school building served more than just an educational purpose. For many within the community, it became a social center for activities and fellowship.

Most of the students who attended lived off-campus, though a few chose to live on-campus in rooms on the upper floors. The nuns also lived at the school. The room sizes varied from large corner suites to small rooms with the width of a janitor’s closet. As the notoriety and prestige of the boarding school increased, students came from as far as Canada and Mexico to attend classes. After World War II, a steady drop in enrollment continued for the next two decades. By the 1970s, the school was operating on a bare-bones budget. The institution needed a minimum number of students enrolled to remain open.

After several semesters of failing to meet the minimum enrollment, the historic boarding school was forced to close, and eventually, the property was sold. In the 1980s, another church attempted to repurpose the building. Unfortunately, that attempt also failed after operating costs were too expensive. The church vacated the building for a smaller structure and abandoned the boarding school. The historic building has been vacant ever since.

Boarding School
Boarding School
Boarding School
Boarding School
Boarding School
Boarding School
Boarding School
Boarding School
Boarding School
Boarding School
Boarding School
Boarding School
Boarding School
Boarding School
Boarding School
Boarding School
Boarding School
Boarding School
Boarding School
Boarding School
Boarding School
Boarding School
Boarding School
Boarding School
Boarding School
Boarding School
Boarding School

Boarding School

Boarding School

Thank you for reading my blog. I appreciate the support. Please share it with your friends.

You can find me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok. For more amazing, abandoned places from across the Southeast, check out my photography books. If you would like to receive the Abandoned Southeast blog in your email, sign up below or on the main page.

2 comments

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: