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This Abandoned Preparatory School in Indiana Is Still Hiding Its Bone-Chilling Secrets

Located in Cedar Lake, Indiana is an abandoned boys’ preparatory school named Salesians Prep School. It was back in the 1950’s that the Catholic Salesian Order of New York purchased the property and turned it into the prep school. It operated as a boys’ junior and senior high school for roughly 20 years. It was in 1979 that the Order in New York decided to close the school.

Over the years, there have been tons of attempts to make other uses of this property including a health care facility, youth center, religious institution and, most recently, a haunted house and paintball range. Unfortunately, nothing ever really stuck.

There are rumors to suggest you can hear the screams of the boys who went to this school as they were tortured by the deranged priest who headed the facility. There are even some people who say Salesians Prep was more of an insane asylum than an actual school.

Want to know more about the school?

This video (which is a little on the long side) is a pretty incredible walk-through of the school. The narrator does an awesome job going into details about the history of this spooky school.

Time has certainly not been kind to this piece of property. The question is: would you be brave enough to step inside of this abandoned, haunted preparatory school in Indiana?

I actually need to take a moment to thank Melissa for sending these pictures and this story to me! Do you have a creepy, weird, or maybe even funny piece of Indiana history you think deserves to be in the limelight? Please feel free to email me and tell me about it at submit-in@onlyinyourstate.com. If you happen to have pictures to go with the story, we might be able to work out an article for it!

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Trisha Faulkner
Trisha Faulkner is a stay-at-home and work-at-home Hoosier momma. She is a huge advocate of Autism awareness, and loves her beautiful boy more than life itself. She is a native Indiana writer who types her best pieces for Only In Your State between 2-4AM when her toddler finally falls over asleep.