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Oklahoma City's old John Marshall High sold for $3 million

The Oklahoma City School District accepted bids for three vacant buildings Monday in an effort to sell off the unused property and raise funds to supplement the budget.
BY MEGAN ROLLAND Modified: July 20, 2010 at 8:55 am •  Published: July 20, 2010
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photo -  A view of the old John Marshall High School at 9017 N University in Oklahoma City, which is for sale by the school district, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
A view of the old John Marshall High School at 9017 N University in Oklahoma City, which is for sale by the school district, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

The Oklahoma City School Board approved the sale of several vacant buildings Monday night, including the old John Marshall High School for $3 million.

Pastor Eddie Baker said his nonprofit Golden Hills Ranch Inc., plans to turn the building at 9017 N University into a school serving at-risk children ages 10 to 18.

"We're just going to get in there to try to help children and give people jobs," Baker said.

He hopes the school will open in the next six to eight months providing both an education and housing for the children.

Sunset Elementary, 3105 Sunset Blvd., was sold to Sam Gresham for $100,100. That building has been closed since the 1990s.

Willard School, 1400 NW 3, an alternative school before it closed, sold for $40,000 to Ron Walters.

The proposed uses for those buildings were unknown Monday, and board member Lynn Watson requested in the future that bids for the districts remaining 11 properties for sale include the buyer's intent.

Also bidding for the Willard school site was Catholic Charities, which hoped to make the building a shelter for homeless women and children.

However, the Catholic Charities bid was $5,000.

"Nothing would please me more than to see the project ... take affect, but if we accepted a $5,000 bid instead of a $40,000 bid, we would have in effect just made a $35,000 contribution to a charity, and I'm not sure my constituency sent me here to make those kinds of decisions," board member Phil Horning said as he moved to accept the bid from Walters.

All three sales must be finalized through a closing process.

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