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Michelle Sandoval, Reporter

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Doors are structures that allow entrance from one place to another. They can be made of materials ranging from wood to steel, and are often used as metaphors relating to life and its challenges. Every door has a purpose, but some can be found in bizarre places, especially in many buildings at Bixby High School.

Many students have seen a door standing high on the side of many campus buildings. Most of them wonder, “What is that door for?”

They all have different opinions on the real purpose of the doors.

“The door is for electrical purposes,” sophomore Taylor Harper says.

Abby Sanford, also a sophomore, says, “It’s for fire drills … kind of like a fire escape.”

Freshman Sierra Isaacson says, “Maybe it’s so they can get to the air conditioner easier if it breaks.”

Another freshman, Rylee Howell, says: “I think it’s the security room for cameras hidden in bathroom stalls and in toilets. I want the door gone now!”

Journalism teacher Brian Wilson jokes that they are for ghosts to get through.

Tina Smith, who works in the school district’s facilities administration, revealed the real reason for the mysterious door.

“The door is for us to get up there in case we have a problem, you know, in case something in the ceiling goes wrong or something,” Smith says. “All of the buildings that have that door have it for the same purpose: just in case we have some sort of damage, hail damage or something like that happens, then we can get up there and fix it.”

Smith explains that “the people who have access up there are maintenance, and they get up there with a ladder.”

The high school was built in 1965. It consisted solely of the clock-tower building, but was then followed by the Whitey Ford Gym, the football field, the tennis courts, the swimming pool, the JROTC facilities and the math-science building, among others. The school continues to expand as its number of students continues to increase. Although the buildings were not built at the same time or built by the same contractors, they remain uniform and most of them have a door just under the eaves.

Who would have thought that the elevated door had a purpose that was so simple, yet essential for the repair needs for the buildings?

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