Follow The Leader #13944

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The Story

Viewed from above, an old and empty high school auditorium stands silent with the seating empty. Time is at a standstill here at Cooper High School in Shenandoah PA, but with this time capsule photo, you can stand in the silence too. Students and teachers stopped coming here in 1980 when the doors were locked. The school was built in 1917 and the abandoned baby grand piano was new then too.

Shot from the balcony, the abandoned baby grand piano sits in front of the stage. Like a drum major, it seems to lead the rows of empty and worn wooden seats marching across the wooden floor in unison.

Built in 1917 the old school way, things are all made of wood here. The auditorium was full of dusty, faded, and unpolished wood in honey colors. Likewise, all the applause created here through the years became dusty and faded away long ago too, along with the old sweet songs once heard here.

The ranks are even, but there’s a gap in the seats leaving a hole where the projector was placed during an assembly. The movies are over, there is nothing more to see here, and the formerly captive audience of students is long gone and escaped into the world. Fly…be free and away from the sound of silence.

Here’s another view of this empty high school auditorium that’s full of character as Ghost Concert #13942. You will see the balcony I stood on in that picture, a perch a little perilous from the lack of railings! The Unassembled #13945 shows a floor view and all the faded pastel colors around this room.

Location: Cooper High School in Shenandoah, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. Picture and story © Andrew Dierks

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