The Fort Vancouver High School curse?

Story provided by Vancouver historian and ghost hunter Jeff Davis, from his website at

FROM: Summer C.
DATE: 7 June 2004
SUBJECT: Fort Vancouver High School curse

There has been a rumor running around my school about the Fort Vancouver High School curse. I had been hearing these rumors for years but they just popped up again so I thought I would tell you about it.

Rumor has it that since the original building was constructed in the 1930s there have been many tragedies connected to the school.

(Photo by Zachary Kaufman/The Columbian)

(Photo by Zachary Kaufman/The Columbian)

Apparently the first victim of the curse was a maintenance man the fell to his death while hanging a basketball hoop.

Since then, at least one student or staff member has died each year.

The school moved to a new building some time in the 70s, I think, but even with the move the curse still lingers.

I know it sounds a little silly but I still believe it.

Another thing I’ve heard is about the Jantzen beach carousel.

Apparently the ghosts of a boy and a girl in 1920s-style clothes have been seen through a door at the center of the carousel.

I personally have never seen the kids but I have heard about a fire that ravaged the carousel in 1927.

Who knows, maybe some kids were playing in the carousel when it caught on fire. Maybe they’re the ones who started it. Or maybe this is yet another tall tale that gets eaten up by suckers like me!

I also wanted to ask you if you had heard any stories about the Orchards Feed Mill. I haven’t heard any but I did take a ghost picture there. It’s just an orb photo, nothing special, but it did surprise me so I thought I’d ask.

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