Another Old School

White Oaks Schoolhouse was built in 1895. It’s only open on weekends, so I did not get to go inside. White Oaks, New Mexico is 17 miles northeast of Carrizozo, New Mexico. The White Oaks webpage is at There is also a wiki on White Oaks, NM:

It has a three-hole outhouse.

A safe from the old post office and bile of mystery metal. Although there is an old tricycle on the concrete slab.

View from the west side of the school.

The south side of the school.

The east side of the school.

63 thoughts on “Another Old School

      • Thanks, Liz. As I commented to Lavinia, At least it had windows. The schools I went to didn’t have windows. Those were the days when it felt like schools were nothing more than preparing us for prison. I never regretted dropping out of high school. I loathed school back then.

      • You’re welcome, Tim. All the schools I attended had very large windows. My high school was of the same era as the school in your photos. The classroom windows were huge–and they opened (no air conditioning).

      • I’ve read some sources saying that the public school system model used today was originally developed to train students for factory jobs, in which case the prison feeling isn’t too far off (I’ve also read sources saying this is not really the case- I’m not an expert)

        In any case, way to take it old school!

      • I don’t know about the intent on the buildings, but the out-dated teaching methods and curriculum are certainly factry/office job oriented. Thanks, JYP.

      • I mean, I don’t know how reliable these sources are and not to mention, the people most excited to share them are the proponents of homeschooling and so on. In other words, people with an agenda. And then proponents of the public school model say these sources are inaccurate. It’s an interesting question none-the-less.

      • Curriculim in public education is all about who wins the fight to indoctrinate children with there politics and special agendas.

    • They did. At least it had windows. The schools I went to didn’t have windows. That was the days that if felt like school was nothing more than preparing us for prison. Thanks, Lavinia.

  1. I didn’t want to go to school m-f Tim so doubt I’d ever visit on Sat. just sayin…. This one is so cool though and visiting without having to study which is my kind of school! Love the old building and history!

    • You are welcome, Maj and Sher. There are a lot of treasures like this around NM, but they are spread so far and wide.

  2. People faced so much challenges back then, yet they persevered and even managed to build a school. I hope those kids had good memories going there. They had magnificent views, that’s for sure!

  3. Old school houses are definitely indicative of education & life in the past, especially compared to now.
    Our family had a…. setback ….. when I was a young teen. We had to move to a rural area. I was bussed into the city, so went to a normal school with flush toilets. That was the norm.
    However, my little sisters went to a local one story, 2 room school house on the prairie.
    Grades 1,2 & 3 were in one room. 4,5 & 6 were in the other room.
    Not good memories. I ran away from home.

  4. Hard for me not to think seeing your schoolhouses, how much more those kids learned on a given day than students today. Probably not quantity, rather usefulness. I see where Oregon removed the ability to read and do math for condition of graduation.

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