High schools: Practices called off long before tornado hit Moore

Knowing the threat of tornadoes was forecast for the metro area round 3 p.m., Moore School administrators had made the decision Monday morning that there would be no after-school activities beyond the regular sixth-period athletic hour.
by Scott Wright Published: May 20, 2013

MOORE — A little after 2 p.m. Monday afternoon, the gym at Moore High School looked the way it usually does during the sixth-hour athletic period in the final week of school.

With no more practices to get to, or games to prepare for, athletes from nearly every sport were scattered around the gym, talking, hanging out, waiting for 3 p.m. so they could go home for the day.

But before that 3 p.m. bell ever rang, the students' leisurely environment turned to tension, watching the devastating tornado ripping through their town and coming toward their school.

“At about 2:45, they told us to keep all the kids here,” said Ryan Dukes, Moore's boys golf coach. “A little after 3 o'clock, it started coming toward us. But it went straight down Fourth St., and just missed the high school.

“I know we had some students who lost their houses.”

Knowing the threat of tornadoes was forecast for the metro area around 3 p.m., Moore School administrators had made the decision Monday morning that there would be no after-school activities beyond the regular sixth-period athletic hour.

by Scott Wright
Reporter
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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