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The Foxhole: A History

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The Foxhole: A History

Pierce Garramone, Staff Writer

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In their freshman year of 2016-2017, a group of boys took it upon themselves to explore a system of abandoned underground locker rooms and restrooms and winded up furnishing and styling what was known as the “Foxhole”.

 

Many years ago, before this abandoned landmark became the Foxhole, it was a loitering space for students who enjoyed skipping out of class and hanging out in a private space with friends. For many years it was overlooked by staff and served as a hideout for whichever new groups of friends would stumble upon it. It was known by many students as a simple abandoned piece of the school that kids would kick back and relax in.

 

An anonymous senior claims, “..it’s been around since my brother went here, and he’s in his twenties. People would do all kinds of things down there.” Knowing this, it is safe to assume the Foxhole was a traditional spot that was passed down from grade to grade. An anonymous junior claims he heard, “…the place was closed off because of a plumbing issue.”

 

Skipping back ahead to the school year of 2016-2017, around the holidays, a freshman boy made the discovery after a XC practice session. Bored and curious, he searched an area where nobody would have thought to look, a place many would assume held nothing but dirt and sprinklings of garbage. It is unknown if the door was unlocked or if a lock was busted in order to access the system.

Eventually, the freshman had to share the news with his friends. Taking a group of friends down there after school one day, they explored the 5 available rooms of the tunnels. It was made clear they were not the first to find the area, they initially found an old table (which was later on fixed into a ping-pong table) and scattered bits of trash. Seeing how there were many different stories being told, nothing can truly be confirmed other than it’s existence, however, some students claimed to have found the remains of illegal substances and other materials. One of the “founding fathers” claims there was a smeared, dried red liquid on the walls.

 

Seeing this discovery as a golden opportunity for a hangout spot, the group of boys began to furnish the rooms using furniture bought for a cheap price at thrift shops. Some examples of the furniture and decorations include a Christmas tree, Christmas lights (which were hung all along the halls), a fold-out couch, a Playstation 2, a small box TV, etc. All of the electronic devices brought down were energized by a single outlet that was still pushing out power, which was later utilized with a power strip. The only thing that was missing was a name. The tunnels were finally dubbed the “Foxhole”.

It did not take long until word got out. The group of boys spread it to their friends, and then their friends told their friends. The domino effect took place, and the Foxhole was no longer a secret after only a few weeks.The word did not stay within the walls of Central, however. It was rumored that students from FCS middle schools visited the Foxhole at one point. It is rumored another group of freshmen scared off a trio of Otwell students upon them trying to get inside.

With the word easily bouncing around student-to-student, grade-to-grade, eventually it reached administration, where the Foxhole was immediately shut down and anyone who was involved in the creation the Foxhole was punished. “They boarded off the entrance to it and put some sort of lock on it.” says a now Junior student who once visited the Foxhole.

There are dozens of different perspectives involved in this story. While most meet in the middle and confirm the Foxhole is no more, there is no way of knowing whether or not the Foxhole truly is off-limits or if it lives on. Either way, it has returned to its original state — gathering dust in the darkness until the next generation of students stumble upon it.

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