Oxnard Union High School

The school is being demolished

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The school is now called Campus park

I could not get the pictures I wanted due to the
entire school being fenced off for the demolition,
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but these certainly do show what is happening.

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  • buildings identified via satellite view
  • pictures taken on 01/21/2008 - The first classrooms to go
  • pictures taken on 06/17/2008 - The bleachers and music room
  • pictures taken on 06/24/2008 - The Administration building and the front of the school
  • pictures taken on 06/26/2008 - The East hallway and the Metal shop
  • Ventura Star demolition article
  • pictures taken on 07/01/2008 - The Demolition sign, the Administration building, Metal shop and some classrooms
  • pictures taken on 07/08/2008 - The brick building and some classrooms
  • pictures taken on 07/11/2008 - Some classrooms and lockers
  • pictures taken on 07/15/2008 - The brick building and more classrooms
  • pictures taken on 07/22/2008 - The brick building and the Wood shop being dismantled
  • pictures taken on 07/29/2008 - The Wood shop demolished and Auto Shop dismantled
  • pictures taken on 08/04/2008 - The Auto shop demolished
  • pictures taken on 08/12/2008 - The shops gone and other demolition
  • pictures taken on 08/26/2008 - The view from the North bleachers and other foundation concrete
  • pictures taken on 09/02/2008 - Miscellaneous foundation concrete piles
  • picture   taken on 09/09/2008 - View of rubble from most classrooms
  • pictures taken on 10/08/2008 - Foundation concrete and tree piles
  • picture   taken on 10/14/2008 - View from bus loading zone
  • pictures taken on 10/21/2008 - View of a mostly bare campus
  • pictures taken on 11/04/2008 - The North Bleachers being leveled
  • pictures taken on 11/18/2008 - The Bleachers and the Swimming Pool are gone
  • pictures taken on 12/01/2008 - Houser Field going
  • pictures taken on 01/06/2009 - The campus is all but gone


  • I have tried to give some perspective to these pictures
    by identifying the buildings on this satellite view of the school

    from Google maps

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    K street

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    5th street

    H street


    A more recent picture after the demolition

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    pictures taken on 01/21/2008

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    Two rows of classrooms have been removed from the South West corner of the campus
    This is the corner where the fire was on June 6, 2006
    The following four pictures are from the same section of ground
    # 1 and 2 on the satellite view

    looking South East by Fifth street looking North West from Fifth street
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    This is what's left of the West hallway
    looking North towards the gym
    This is what's left of the center hallway
    looking North towards Houser field

    pass the mouse over this picture to see the way it was



    pass the mouse over this picture to see the way it was



    More classrooms are being prepared to demolished

    # 3 in the satellite view # 8 in the satellite view

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    from the Ventura Star Sunday, 6/8/2008

    Demolition of several classroom buildings at the old Oxnard High School will begin Monday and continue for the next four months.

    That means the football field, track and bleachers at the site will be out of bounds for safety reasons during the work, said city spokeswoman Christina Aerenlund.

    The land cleared by the demolition will eventually become part of the future Campus Park, she said. There is no timetable or budget for developing the park.

    Two buildings and a gym on the 35-acre parcel will continue to be used by the Police Activities League and other nonprofits, Aerenlund said.


    pictures taken on 06/17/2008
    there was no further activity until now

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    North bleachers with the wooden portion on each side removed

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    South bleachers

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    The North bleachers looking through a hole in the South Bleachers

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    The North and South Bleachers from the North side of the campus

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    Roadway behind the South Bleachers, looking West from the bus loading area - with the gym in the distance

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    The bleachers from the bus loading area The demise of the East hallway
    North of the brick building - # 9 on the satellite view

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    South side of the Metal Shop - the walkway has been removed
    looking East towards the cafeteria and music room

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    There goes the music building - looking West

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    These two pictures show the Wood Shop on the left, the Metal Shop on the right
    and the Auto Shop in the distance - looking East

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    pictures taken on 06/24/2008

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    The Administration building is being torn apart
    Looking North West from Fifth street
    The Music building is gone
    The cafeteria in the background is now just a shell
    Looking North from Fifth street

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    Looking North - the shops and bleachers are beyond the palm trees

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    pictures taken on 06/26/2008

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    Two pictures of the East Hallway - looking North

    pass the mouse over this picture to see the way it was

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    The Yellow machine (I don't what it is called) is working on removing the Metal Shop

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    An article from the Ventura County Star - Monday, June 30, 2008

    City to renovate dilapidated gym

    From staff reports

    The city of Oxnard is getting ready to spend $835,887 to start renovating the gym at the old Oxnard High School.

    The W.D. Bannister building, which went up in 1952, includes a basketball field house, a recreation room and a boxing gym. It is used by the city Recreation Department and the Police Activity League.

    The building is showing its age. In the field house, one of the two folding bleachers can no longer be used, and the wood floor has water damage in places. The heating system long ago ceased to work, and many of the windows are boarded up.

    In the boxing gym, the floor is beginning to sag under the weight of the punching bags and needs to be shored up.

    It will cost $2.9 million to completely refurbish the facility, said Michael Henderson, the city's general services superintendent. Meanwhile, the city will try to get the most pressing things done with $420,887 in Community Development Block Grant funds from this fiscal year and $415,000 in grant money from the fiscal year starting July 1.

    Work will likely start this fall, said Ralph Alamillo, a general services project manager.
    The city will look for additional block grant funding and other grant money to complete the gym renovation, Henderson said.

    The gym and a two-story classroom building next door will be the sole survivors of the old high school, long a vacant eyesore. The other structures on the 35-acre site that will one day be Campus Park are being demolished.

    There is no timetable or budget for developing the park.


    pictures taken on 07/1/2008

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    There is a sign on the South West corner of the school telling about what is happening - complete with graffiti The Administration building is almost gone

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    the Metal Shop is almost gone
    the Wood shop is showing above the lower half of the Metal Shop
    the South Bleachers show beyond the Wood Shop

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    They are salvaging the lumber and metal from the buildings

    demolished classroom (# 8 on the satellite view)
    South of the brick building (# 9 on the satellite view)
    along the East hallway

    looking North with the South bleachers in the background

    this classroom is on the North side of the brick
    classroom (visible in the picture on the left)
    and has the top half removed
    # 10 on the satellite view

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    pictures taken on 07/08/2008

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    the brick classroom building being demolished
    the East hallway is (was) in the front of this brick building
    the brick building is # 9 on the satellite view with a demolished classroom # 8 on the satellite view
    the concrete slab in the foreground is where the administration building was

    looking North from Fifth street

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    the following four pictures were taken from the second level of the
    two story classroom building (now a nursery school) that was built on the old parking lot
    # 11 in the satellite view

    looking West with the shell of the cafeteria in the background

    # 3 in the satellite view # 3 in the satellite view
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    the West hallway is in the foreground of the following two pictures

    # 5 and 4 in the satellite view # 3 in the satellite view
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    pictures taken on 07/11/2008

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    sorry I do not always get corresponding pictures
    I do not realize what I have until I compare them on my computer

    the classroom in the picture directly
    above this one is being demolished
    # 4 in the satellite view
    this is what is left of the classroom
    in the picture directly above this one
    # 3 in the satellite view

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    there goes our lockers
    # 6 in the satellite view
    all they left of the administration building is the heater closet

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    classroom # 7 in the satellite view is gone
    classroom # 8 in the satellite view is almost gone

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    pictures taken on 07/15/2008

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    the only activity today was on the brick classrooms
    # 9 in the satellite view

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    closeup view of the picture to the right the classroom in the center is # 3 in the satellite view
    the roof of the West hallway is in the foreground
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    the West side of the brick classroom in the distance
    in the right foreground is classroom # 4 in the satellite view
    classroom 24 and 25 - closeup view of the above picture

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    pictures taken on 07/22/2008

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    the brick classrooms seem to be a tough building, it is taking a long time to demolish
    # 9 in the satellite view

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    this is the West side of the brick classroom building where there was a "planter box" along the center hallway
    I always thought this was a neat place

    pass the mouse over this picture to see the way it was


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    this classroom is almost gone
    # 4 in the satellite view

    the West hallway is on the other side of the slated fence
    the gym is on the left side of the picture

    one classroom is standing alone
    # 6 in the satellite view

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    the wood shop is now being dismantled

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    pictures taken on 07/29/2008

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    the Wood Shop being demolished

    the foundation in the foreground
    (behind the tree stump)
    is what's left of the Metal shop

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    the Auto Shop being dismantled

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    the Wood and Auto Shop looking over the boys
    locker & shower room - # 5 in the satellite view
    classroom # 3 and 8 in the satellite view

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    classroom # 6 in the satellite view is now a pile of trash

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    pictures taken on 08/04/2008

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    the Auto Shop being demolished

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    the Wood Shop is gone

    the back side of the South bleachers
    is in the background
    the remains of the Wood shop
    are beyond the Auto shop

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    pictures taken on 08/12/2008

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    all three shops are gone - looking East all three shops are gone - looking West

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    looks like the South bleachers are next the remains of the center hallway - looking North

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    pass the mouse over this picture to see the way it was

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    the brick building is now a pile of bricks this "wrecker" is working on classroom # 8 in the
    satellite view, classroom # 3 is in the foreground
     

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    pass the mouse over this picture to see another view

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    Four pictures stitched together to show the section of the campus being demolished
    Looking East with the Gym on the left and Fifth street on the right
    (click the picture for a larger view)

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    another bit of news from the Ventura Star on 08/12/2008

    This is from a longer article concerning the Dallas Cowboys returning to practice in Oxnard

    ...

    Oxnard was able to prepare the River Ridge fields for the Cowboys to use despite the short notice. If the Cowboys return, however, the 25-acre plot next to the Residence Inn by Marriott will likely no longer be available.

    Weather is a plus.

    Henderson said Oxnard already has an alternate training location in mind. The old Oxnard High School, at West Fifth and South H streets, is being leveled, and most of its buildings will be demolished by the end of September, according to Henderson.

    The city plans to use the 33 acres as park space, and having the Cowboys train there wouldn't present a big challenge.

    "In my mind, that's the easiest place to do it," Henderson said. "We would have plenty of room to arrange the construction of the fields and make parking work, and the team could stay at a nearby hotel and be bused in for practice."

    There is little doubt the Cowboys players wouldn't mind returning to Oxnard.

    ...


    pictures taken on 08/26/2008

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    a view from the top of the North Bleachers
    with what's left of the South Bleachers - the Gym is on the right

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    the East entrance to Houser field from H street the West hallway looking South from the Gym

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    the classroom foundations are being broken up

    the brick building - # 10 in the satellite view
    with classroom # 4 in the foreground
    the brick building - # 10 in the satellite view
    with classroom # 3 in the foreground

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    pictures taken on 09/02/2008

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    Well, classmates, the school is almost gone.

    I almost did not take any pictures today since there is not much more than piles of foundation concrete.
    However, after leaving the campus, I returned to take these pictures knowing that I would always wish I had done it.

    This first picture is three pictures "stitched" together showing piles of concrete from the shop and other foundations.
    Note the Auto shop steps in the foreground. The pile of concrete to the right is the South bleachers

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    one of the "nasty" machines that has destroyed our school
    its owners are on a lunch break
    the concrete from the South bleachers

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    foundation concrete from classroom # 6 on the satellite view I thought they were going to save the trees
    I wonder if the palm trees will also go

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    the North bleachers are showing above the
    foundation concrete from classroom # 6 on the satellite view

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    picture taken on 09/09/2008

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    I thought the rubble would be gone by now, but foundations are still being dug up.
    The strip of bare ground is classroom # 4 in the satellite view - West of the brick building

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    pictures taken on 10/08/2008

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    A lot of the foundation concrete is still there,
    but the ground is becoming bare
    This is where classroom # 6 in the satellite view was
    It seems that they did not leave the palm trees

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    picture taken on 10/14/2008

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    They are still removing the foundation concrete
    This is taken from the bus loading area looking West towards the gym
    The bare ground in the center is where the shops were
    The South bleachers were on the right side of the picture where you can still see the fence with the football yardage signs

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    pictures taken on 10/21/2008

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    The bus loading zone is now a pile of asphalt loading foundation concrete into a truck

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    This picture is taken from Fifth street, looking North West (H street on the right)
    The North bleachers are in the background
    The pile of asphalt on the right side is from the bus loading zone
    The pile of foundation concrete in the center is where the shops were
    The building on the left is being used by the Police Activities League (PAL)

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    pictures taken on 11/04/2008

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    The North Bleachers are being leveled

    I was really shocked as I drove by the old school today,
    since I was told that the North bleachers would not be torn down.
    I guess I was misinformed since they were almost gone by the time I saw them.
    I would like to have gotten a picture of the bleaches in the early stage of their destruction, but
    at least they left the fence around Houser Field with the yardage signs so that these pictures have some reference.

    Looking North from Fifth street

    the dirt piles is where the South Bleachers were

    Looking North West from H street

    the muddy area in the foreground is where the asphalt for the bus loading zone was - the fence and bushes have been removed

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    Looking East towards H street

    This "CAT" is like a big monster gobbling up our memories

    Looking South East from the North side of the bleachers

    These guys look totally unconcerned
    I wonder if they went to school there

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    Looking South West from the North side of the bleachers

    the gym is on the right

    Looking East towards H street

    Houser field is on the right

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    Since the North Bleachers are now gone,
    I thought I should include my last picture of the North Bleachers taken on 08/26/2008

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    another view of the North bleachers taken 06/12/2006      click here to see the North bleachers


    pictures taken on 11/18/2008

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    The Bleachers are totally gone
    (I guess Houser Field will be next)

    The North Bleachers
    looking North East towards H street
    from the back of the gym
    The South Bleachers and the shops area
    looking East towards H street
    from the back of the gym

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    The Swimming Pool is gone

    I was told that the gym would not be torn down, but that the swimming pool would be removed. However, I did not realize that it had been removed already. I would like to have gotten some pictures of it being removed, but all I have is some pictures the back of the gym with no pool.

    The back of the gym where the pool was Foundation piles of what was the pool

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    Historical figures on the back of the gym

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    a larger picture of the pool area - click on the picture

    click on the picture to see it larger


    pictures taken on 12/01/2008

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    This is where the North Bleachers were fence around Houser Field is being rolled up

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    pictures taken on 01/06/2009

    It seems the the demolition work is completed - there has been no activity in the past weeks.
    I do not know when the Park will be completed since the city says it does not have the funds.
    So it may sit as it is for the present time.

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    a view of the campus from the second level of the remaining two story building on the South West corner
    the gym is on the left and Fifth street on the right
    looking North West towards H street

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    a view of the campus from Fifth street
    looking North

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    The North bleachers and Houser field are on the left, the South bleachers in the center, Shops and classrooms on the right
    The one remaining building on the right has been left and is being user by the Police Activities League (PAL) who are also using the gym
    looking East towards H street

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    Some Before and After pictures

    I know these pictures may seem redundant, but I wanted to give some memory to what was

    Before - hallway along Fifth street
    looking East
    After - hallway along Fifth street

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    Before - the West hallway
    looking North towards the gym
    After - the West hallway

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    Before - the Center hallway
    looking North
    After - the Center hallway

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    Before - the East hallway
    looking North towards the bleachers
    After - the East hallway
    the bleachers were in the background next to the tallest tree

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