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The ghosts of Roosevelt High School
Ask anyone who has attended Roosevelt High School in Fresno over the years if it's haunted and more likely than not the answer will be yes. The school is rumored to have at least two spirits roaming the halls for several decades.
The East Hall of Roosevelt High School where a student's ghost is rumored to haunt one of the restrooms.
The first spirit is reported to be one of a boy who committed suicide in the boys restroom in the East Hall. No one knows why he took his life, but the restroom was reportedly locked for many years because of this. People have reported hearing odd noises when they were alone. A janitor who was working late one night said he heard someone coughing in the old restroom. When he went to check to see if anyone was there, the restroom was empty. Other people have said they feel an unnatural cold sensation in the room. The restroom was used for storage for many years, but finally reopened in the 2007 - 2008 school year.
The auditorium is rumored to be haunted by a student who died while on stage.
The other spirit can be found in the school's auditorium. Legend says that sometime in the late 1970's, a student named Lester was performing on stage and when he suddenly collapsed and died. Speculation was that it was either dehydration or possibly a heart attack. Whatever the cause of his untimely death may be, for some reason Lester has not left the auditorium. People have reported seeing him mostly on the stage, though others have felt a presence back stage and even the seating area.
One has to wonder what the reason is for these spirits to linger on, at a school of all places. For Lester, perhaps he loved the stage so much and that's why he continues to stay there as he was the happiest there. But for the boy in the restroom, it's different. For whatever reason he chose to end his life in the restroom, but why is he still there?
I had first wrote about these ghosts on Weird Fresno over a year and a half ago and I'm still receiving e-mails and comments about current students seeing things there. Whatever the case may be, there is definitely something strange wandering the halls of Roosevelt High School.