El Paso's High School happens to be one of the oldest buildings in that city, and if the chilling stories turn out to be true, it's also possibly the most haunted, with paranormal phenomenon reported there almost daily, and one particularly creepy backstory.
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Eerie reports from students and faculty include urban legends surrounding the building's fourth floor, which is said to be inhabited by a thick mist, its ceilings dripping with ectoplasmic slime. Some have linked the phenomena to a tragedy dating back 35 years, when a despondent student slashed her wrists and dove from the fourth floor balcony to her death. Her spectral shape has been sighted on the balcony, waving to visitors or recreating her fatal jump, and is also seen roaming the hallways, crying.
Adding to the mystery is the class photo below, dated 1985, showing the unidentified woman in the center whose features are blurred and distorted. According to students who posed for the photo, no one recognized her from the day the picture was taken... and some say she was never there.
Photo: El Paso HS Archives
Just as creepy is an account from 15 years ago, in which a group of teachers found a small sealed-up classroom behind a brick wall. The room had been left exactly as it was when the last class left, with students' personal items still on the desks. One such item was a love letter from a teenage girl... and a haunting suicide note.
Photo: El Paso Times
El Paso High is just one of many allegedly haunted schools across the US; other famous examples include the University of Georgia's Athens campus, rumored to be crawling with ghosts.