Lynch High School opened its doors in 1924. The entire town of Lynch, including the public schools were paid for and ran by the US Coal and Coke Company which is a subsidiary of US Steel. The schools, along with many of the other company constructed buildings in town were built of cut sand stone. Many people believe that US Steel thought they would be in Lynch mining coal for more than a century.
Lynch High School is next door to the old Lynch Graded School I covered in this blog earlier. It is a large, two story building made of cut sandstone. Most of the windows have been borded up in the front, I assume this was done because some idiots had nothing better to do than let their kids go out and break the window panes.
As you can see in this photo and the one to follow, the front door is secure and boarded up.
I love the attention to detail the stone masons made to this building. Every stone is cut and laid perfectly. In 1924 that had to take some talented and hard working people.
Around to the side, I found this side entrance wide open.
Im not really sure what has happened in this room….If something caused the wall to fall, or if someone caused the wall to fall. This is the room just inside the side entrance.
This shot was taken just as you enter the side hallway, well….as you climb over the debris in the side hallway.
The stairwell on the left side of the building.
One of the classrooms inside the building. I cant get over at how large these rooms were. They were humongous.
They really believed in using chalk boards at Lynch High School apparently.
Sadly, US Steel wasn’t in Lynch for over a a century. In 1981 the Lynch School District merged with the Harlan County School District and Lynch High School closed. Students from Lynch were sent to Cumberland High School.
It’s such a shame that what was once the largest coal mining town in the world has buildings like this that arent being utilized. These buildings should be restored and used for something. Anything. I if the city of Lynch or Harlan County could apply for promise zone funds to restore these buildings to be used for some kind of job location such as a call center or customer service center? The money is out there and these buildings are in dire need of attention and being saved. I just cant stress enough how beautiful these buildings are, I would love to have saw them and Lynch in their glory all those years ago.