The story of Elizabeth, the ghost that haunts Lake Highlands High School

The story of Elizabeth, the ghost that haunts Lake Highlands High School

By: Elizabeth McNamara | Published: October 31, 2019


The Lake Highlands High School auditorium is one of the most haunted places in Dallas, Texas. 

Photo taken by Alexa Congrove

Photo taken by Alexa Congrove

According to Hauntedrooms.com, the story goes as follows. In the 1970s, a student named Elizabeth fell to her death from the catwalk over the stage and to this day her ghost haunts the Lake Highlands’ auditorium. 

But students and teachers have heard it differently.

“I have heard three stories about her,” Theater Director Erin Kane said.

“I have heard that she fell in the pit, off the catwalk, and I’ve also heard that she fell down the stairs,” she said.

Kane went on to debunk theories by mentioning that Elizabeth would have to have jumped from the fly rail to fall. If she were to have fallen, it would have been off the catwalk. 

Photo taken by Alexa Congrove

Photo taken by Alexa Congrove

“Nobody really knows what actually happened to her,” Kane said. “All we know is that there was a student named Elizabeth, we don’t have a last name, or an exact year, or any record of her or what really happened.”

Theater students have also had encounters with Elizabeth.

Photo of Costume Closet taken by Alexa Congrove

Photo of Costume Closet taken by Alexa Congrove

“I was in the costume closet, sitting and eating lunch, and it was dim — not all of the lights were on — and everything started to move around,” Emma Duncan, 11, said. “One of the costume racks started shifting and the dresses started blowing. It was really wacky.” 

Macy Temple, a junior, also shared her experience with the ghost.

“I was in [the costume room] and everyone was away from the light switch,” she said. “I was standing far from the light switch when the lights went off and the switch was down. The other lights were also off, and they only come off when someone unplugs them, and there was no one near them.” 

Temple also mentioned that the costume room is the place that has the most paranormal activity. 

“I have not had any experiences with Elizabeth,” Kane said. “But I’m not going to say that she doesn’t exist because theater people are notoriously superstitious to begin with.”

Nobody really knows if Elizabeth is real, but the spirit of her story still remains strong.







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