Oklahoma City University trustees near vote on law school's purchase of old Central High School building

The board will meet Oct. 24 to consider plans to acquire the 177,000 square-foot building at 800 N Harvey in Oklahoma City — worth an estimated $9.219 million.
by Tim Willert Published: October 12, 2012
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The dean would not disclose the purchase price, but the Oklahoma County assessor's office lists the building's market value at $9.219 million.

Building's past

The 102-year-old building was designed by legendary architect Andrew Solomon Layton. It was given up by Oklahoma City Public Schools almost 30 years ago when it was sold to Southwestern Bell Telephone Co.

Oklahoma Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Co. bought the 177,000-square-foot, highly ornamented, late Gothic-inspired building from SBC Oklahoma in 2005.

The company, which expanded out of state and changed its name to American Farmers and Ranchers Mutual Insurance Co. in 2007, put the property up for sale in 2010 after determining the property was too large for its operations.

“It will be a wonderful thing for our students, and I think it will really enhance our ability to get more students working with more lawyers before graduation,” said Dan Morgan, an OCU professor who teaches trial practice, tort law and consumer protection law.


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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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