Friday, November 19, 2010

New Westminster Secondary School, And The Boy In The Basement


New Westminster Secondary School

Most people never connect a public school with a haunting, but there are rare occasions when events change that. The New Westminster Secondary School happens to be one of the rare cases.

In the history of the school, there have been a few accidents. These have altered the fabric of the school and allowed some very odd events to have taken place.

In the early 1970’s it is said that a boy drown in the basement pool. Since that time, some security-guards have reported seeing the body of a boy floating in the pool, only to leave and come back or look away—only to find the boy gone. Other guards have reported a man’s voice being heard to shout in the archery range. The archery range just happens to be in the basement as well.

Now you may think that would be enough for one school. However, the stories don’t end there. Security cameras have also been known to catch the apparition of a boy in the woodworking shop, who died in the late 1980’s.

If this is not enough, there are always the orbs that are said to be caught in the music room as well.

The one thing I can say after reading about the events at this school, is to never judge a building by it cover.

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30 comments:

Anonymous said...

Since there has never been a pool at New Westminster Secondary now or ever, it doesn't seem likley that anyone drowned there. Also, it would be interesting to see any newpaper article about a death in the woodworking shop.

Anonymous said...

Yes, please give the date of the "drowning" so I can go to the public library and look at the newspaper archives. This would have been big news in a small town. (Especially since it happened in a pool that wasn't there.)

Anonymous said...

Mmk, so my high school's haunted? Cool. The boy's not mean or anything, right?

Sarah said...

I went to this school and yes there was a pool on site along time ago and was filled in. there are lots more storys that involve this school and i myself have experenxed random voices and figures that cant be explained. If people want to know more the school and New West Libary have lots of information if you ask.

Anonymous said...

There is a pool there, or was (it’s been filled in). I've seen it and the whole area was creepy. It's under the Gym and there is access near Massey Theatre.

I think the first two comments are funny, there’s a lot of strange places in that school and I've been in some. You should have explored more and gone where your weren’t supposed to. I'm sure we missed some spots, simply because we didn't know where to look.

Anonymous said...

The claim about a pool is false. Also, there is no record in the newspaper archives of any drowning.

Nikki said...

No record in news archives? I know of so many deaths (all manners) that have never made it to a newspaper/news media.
I have heard about the pool from some historians in the area. I can't confirm or deny its previous existence. But ultimately, this is just a local lore, probably based on some sort of event that happened and possibly changed a bit to make it more "scarier/creepier". We will probably never really know. I plan on talking to more people who lived in the area back in the day, see what they remember.

Anonymous said...

I lived in New Westminster "back in the day". Between me and my brothers and sisters, we cover the time from when the school was first opened to the late 60's, and I can say for 100 per cent certainty that there has NEVER been a pool in that school, period.

Anonymous said...

I have been asking my teachers there was a pool under massey.

Anonymous said...

Right, but it was abducted by a UFO.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps the hauntings at the high school have to do with the human remains from the cemeteries that occupied the site up to 1920. Don't take my word for it Google the school, or better find engineering reports about the construction of the new middle school and high school, they even plan to build a memorial park for the old cemeteries. As for the pool I have found no record of it. Was it built when the school was, or was it added later?

Anonymous said...

There never was a pool. There is no pool there now.

Anonymous said...

I have heard from many sources that there was a pool. Love the people that "know for certain" there was no pool! Do some more research!!

Anonymous said...

"Hearing from sources", then saying to other people "do your research" is kind of a contradiction, isn't it? It's up to you to prove there ever was a pool, since there certainly isn't one now, is there? The library is not too far from the school, so go on over.

Nikki said...

I'm modding this thread.

As I said before, it is a ghost story, and it is that until there is proof EITHER way.

~Nikki

About Us said...

I went to New Westminster Secondary School. I graduated in 2003. There is a Pool and Archery Range in the basement below the Massey Gym. The Pool was filled in shortly after the drowning death but you can see that it was a pool. My friends and I snuck down to the basement a lot. I have seen this with my own eyes and I know this for a fact.

Unknown said...

How do you get there where is the entrance?

Roy Bernon said...

Does anyone realize the school was built atop a cemetery?

Anonymous said...

Hi mom

Anonymous said...

Lying to support a false story is just pathetic.

Anonymous said...

If you people claim to do investigations you must have found there was no pool at either school in New Westminster. Don't you owe it to the truth if nothing else to just say so?

To the truth to this said...

You should not tell fibs there has never been a pool. And it was a shooting range not a archery range

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Anonymous said...

No pool, no archery range and no shooting range. Never has been. Make up something believable. This is just sad.

Anonymous said...

Here's a thought. If there was a pool, why is there no swim team in any of the high school annuals? The library has several editions of Kimtah, but there's no swim team.

Anonymous said...

Finally, some common sense. It just cheapens real research to try to justify falsehoods with more falsehoods.

Anonymous said...

NewWest secondary is built on native and Chinese burial sites. I remember stories of the tunnels, and pool underground, when I went there 93 - 95. Never took a look though.

Another place that could be haunted,as you say about filling in the pool after the death, is the tennis court in Queens Park across from the stadium. My dad worked for the city and said that back in the day, when they were clearing out the bushes, there was an East Indian man found hanging. When the city looked at the tennis court, which was a reservoir at that time, the decision was made to fill in the reservoir rather than dredge it because they did not want to deal with possible bodies there. Goes to figure why the other NewWest reservoir, in Massey Heights, has never been filled in to this day.

Anonymous said...

The only way I'll believe in any so-called ghost is if I see it myself. I'm sick of stories about someone who thought someone else saw something. A good way to detect BS is to see if the stories always refer to other stories, never direct evidence. (As is the case here.)

Anonymous said...

This is insane. There is no pool or shooting range. I know because I attend this school and have asked anyone and everyone about this. I've done my research, explored the place, and the only "secret" area is an underground tunnel leading from Massey theatre to about a block away. This tunnel was used when some famous people performed at the theatre and fans surrounded the theatre, so they had to use the tunnel in order to get out without having to deal with the chaos.

Anonymous said...

Hi everyone, I am the person who made up these ghost stories. Allow me to explain:
I went to NWSS and in grade 8 I was obsessed with hauntings and ghost stories. I used to frequent a website dedicated to haunted places, and you could submit your own stories without them having to go through any sort of approval or fact checking. I am not sure if the website is still around to this day as this was back in 2003. I made up several ghost stories and hauntings around Greater Vancouver and posted them to that website, the posting about NWSS was based on rumours I heard about the school having a defunct swimming pool and archery in the basement (they were just rumours) and this massive wood planing machine in the woodworking shop that used to exist in the Massey wing, but was torn down to begin demolition of the school (before the asbestos incidents broke out).
Fast forward to 2015, some of my former classmates are sharing articles about the most haunted places in BC, and they're saying NWSS is on the list. I'm sitting in my office and I couldn't believe I was reading these stories that I completely made up just for shits and giggles back in the day. I see it on The Chive, Huffington Post, and all other clickbait news sites. I decided whatever I'll leave it, those who do their research will figure out it's all just a bunch of BS. Well today I see people are still talking about it, so I wanna set the record straight and tell you these ghost stories are completely FALSE made up by ME who was just a kid trying to freak everybody out!