The various articles I found online stress the fact that the older sections of our school share a twisted and shrouded past. This is especially true in regards to Schwermann Hall, Alumni Hall and Founders Hall. Originally established and built in 1921, Concordia has a spooky history which it shares with the Edmonton’s neighboring River Valley and Ada Boulevard. Multiple unsolved murders and tragic accidents have left their mark on the relatively peaceful area. These moments of misfortune have been know to leave behind strange apparitions and spirits in their wake. Unsuspecting victims who pass away are left to haunt the locations of their death. They are doomed to scour the lowly hallways and passages of our very school.
Let’s begin by looking at the fire of Alumni Hall. On February 26th 1978, the Alumni Hall building was completely destroyed in a vicious early morning fire. In this disaster, two students, one staff member and one firefighter were lost in the blaze. This firefighter’s presence can still be felt today in the music rooms and washrooms of Alumni Hall. Most stories I’ve heard have one thing in common, the strange phenomenon which happens when students use the washroom sinks. The draining and plumbing in these facilities are very loud, and the sinks have been known to lack pressure and become very hot. When this sort of thing happens, student have heard a strange ringing sound which eerily resembles the sounds of wailing sirens. In addition to this, the silent and secluded halls of the music department have several paranormal stories of their own. Doorknobs have been said to unexpectedly burn red hot to the touch, and running footsteps can be heard beside the private piano rooms. The creepiest story I have heard speaks of the sound of a ladder being stood up against the outside of the music room. After this happens, people have heard strange muffled yells for help and the sounds of a firefighter climbing a ladder.
A general sense of unease has been a recurring sensation felt during my time at Concordia. Whether that has to do with general school work or paranormal goings-on I don’t know. However, certain locations on campus definitely have their own special vibe. Schwermann Hall is without a doubt, the most haunted section of our school. By being the original building, it has heard and seen it all throughout the years. Its uppermost levels are said to be the most cursed. A shadowed lady haunts the hidden offices of the fourth floor on the westernmost wing of Schwermann. She apparently flung herself from the highest window in the 1940’s. This ghost is distinctly recognizable because of her old style of dress and frantic pace. One window in particular is known to be mysteriously opened on windy days.
The final haunting we will discuss, surrounds the unsolved murder of one of our school's first professors, and classroom S302. This story is linked with the historic Magrath Mansion which is looked only a few blocks away from campus on Ada Boulevard. The mansion was built between 1912 and 1913, and housed a very wealthy family. Rumor has it that one of our school’s earliest professors begun having an affair with one of the maidens of the Magrath Mansion. At the time, Concordia was an all boys school. The professor in question often taught class in room S302. This room is almost entirely walled with windows on the west and south ends of the classroom. Between twelve o’clock through till about 4, the room has so much glare and light that it is very hard to see the instructor at the front of class. For this reason, the room is seldom used today. The story goes that the affair, and corresponding romance, repeatedly took place in this very classroom.
In the late fall of 1938, the remains of a headless and unidentified man were found deep in the woods of the river valley directly below campus. The case would go unsolved, and a head was never found. At the same time, the professor peculiarly disappeared. Many believe that the professor was killed by his wife, who could have easily stumbled across the affair simply by looking up at the rooms multiple windows. Others believe he was murdered by fellow faculty members because they were aware of his sinful acts of adultery. To keep the reputation of the school intact, they might have plotted his early demise.
When the sun is blindly shining through the windows of S302, a headless figure can sometimes be seen.