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Abigail Poag

In the usually-empty third floor of Mewbourne Hall, mysterious events have occurred that lead faculty to believe that ghosts once inhabited it.

Mewbourne’s Ghosts

If precalculus tests and chemistry labs are not frightening enough, Mewbourne may once have been inhabited by a ghost.

Some years ago, teachers with classrooms in Mewbourne, the location of many of the School’s math and science classrooms, noticed something odd: the third-floor toilets often started flushing for no reason. When plumbers inspected the toilets, they could not determine what was wrong.

Abigail Poag
In the usually-empty third floor of Mewbourne Hall, mysterious events have occurred that lead faculty to believe that ghosts once inhabited it.

Besides the flushing toilets, “strange noises” would emanate from the bathroom — loud bangs with no obvious source.

“We always thought something weird was going on up there,” math teacher Kimm Shafer said. “We’d go and check it out, and there’d be nothing there.

While the first and second floors of Mewbourne are often bustling with students, the third floor tends to remain quiet.

“If you go to the third floor, you’re going there for a reason; you’re not passing through,” Shafer said.

Both Shafer and Mathematics Department Chair Martha Childress agree that students were not the culprits, but they were never able to discover the origin of these phantom sounds. Perhaps they never will: the sounds stopped one day without warning, and no has heard them since.

“The ghost approved of whatever we’re doing, and they moved on to something else,” Shafer said.

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