Russell Babb Elementary

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Designed by Julian Vahlberg
1962
20901 NE 10th St., Harrah

The Russell Babb Elementary school in what was then rural Harrah was a Googie delight that looked like a gaggle of friendly UFOs parked at a futuristic drive-in restaurant.  Here’s the building under construction:

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And soon after completion:

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Named after the district’s longtime superintendent, the school cost $825,000 to build and contained 20 classrooms in three pods:

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Here’s the circular cafetorium:

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The school also boasted labs and a fully equipped gym:

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Also, there was a storm shelter that could hold 600 students.

Unfortunately, the three aging pods were demolished in 2005 due to roof and plumbing problems, but the main school building and gym remain.

Images courtesy of the OPUBCO collection at the History Center and the Harrah Historical Society.