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Original Madison

Built in 1958; Became Temporary Home for Central Middle School in 2015; Closed in 2016; Demolished and Razed in 2016-2017

This junior high/middle school was built in 1958 for $780,094. It was located at 500 S. Madison at the northeast corner of the half-mile eastside school complex just south of Sooner Park. This 70-acre area was purchased in 1958 for $55,000 and was the site of Madison Middle School/Junior High, Hoover Elementary, and the Sooner High/Bartlesville Mid-High. A 1960 addition to the school cost $148,595 and a $462,000 addition was made in 1963.

Reportedly it was going to be called Eastside Junior High, but cheerleaders helped convince the school board to name it Madison instead.

Madison's gymnasium had an unusual roof design which resembled a ponytail. This junior high was reconfigured into a middle school in 1982, then housing seventh and eighth grades. Sixth graders were added in 1986. A $788,588 bond issue in 1993 added six classrooms and a parking lot and made general renovations. A phone system upgrade occurred in 2000, and the auditorium sound system was replaced. The HVAC system was reworked in 2010-2011.

The late 1950s design was in the style of California's Desert Modernism with freestanding brick walls, thin partition walls, tiny skylit interior courtyards, freestanding connecting corridors, and a great deal of wall glass. Over the years light and climate control problems led to many of the windows being filled in and the building did not age well. On September 10, 2013 voters approved a bond issue and the students and staff relocated Madison Middle School to the nearby Mid-High campus since Bartleville High School expanded to serve grades 9-12. The former Madison campus was a temporary home for Central Middle School in 2015-2016 while the Central campus was renovated. It was demolished at the end of 2016 and razed in 2017, significantly reducing the district's operating expenses in an era of inadequate state funding for public schools.

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Madison in 1997

Madison in 1997

Madison in the 2000s

Madison in the 2000s

Ponytail gym roof in 1997

Ponytail gym roof in 1997