Portables never seemed to be moved

12 Jun

I was always mystified, as a kid, at the external classrooms that got called ‘portables’.

‘Portable’ means one can pick it up and move it.

(a) these classrooms could only be picked up and moved by loading onto trailers, which I didn’t know then,

(b) they never did seem to move; the same portables were around forever at my school.

The only neat thing about portables was getting to walk outside to get to them, being outside not at recess hour! 🙂


Posted by on June 12, 2021 in Uncategorized


7 responses to “Portables never seemed to be moved

  1. electricangel

    June 12, 2021 at 10:50 am

    See, this shouldn’t be hard. You have a pretty good idea how large the school needs to be, FIVE YEARS before a kid needs to be in it. Maybe build a school 20% larger than needed and keep the space In reserve?

    Never went to a school with portables.

    • Will S.

      June 12, 2021 at 10:55 am

      Right? Not rocket science…

  2. feeriker

    June 12, 2021 at 11:28 am

    My high school in Commiefornia, which was brand new when I started attending in my Sophomore year, was a (at the time) state-of-the-art building that –you guessed it– was still too small for number of students attending. Portables were set up outside the main campus building to handle the overflow and are still there 45 years later, for all I know. I’m told that the school is today a dysfunctional gang and drug-infested hell hole (what else would it be as a publik skoolin Commiefornia?), so it really should just be closed and torn down – and the 45-year-old portables set ablaze.

    • electricangel

      June 12, 2021 at 12:35 pm

      I can see using portables for a temporary bulge in students. Maybe like the millennial boom in the early 90s. No need to build big buildings for a temporary surge.

      By contrast, the Baby Boom started in 1946 and kept increasing in child load until, I think, 1956. The infrastructure built to handle the children of 1956 should be sufficient today. I guess part of it is demographic change where older communities lost students and newer ones needed to build for them, all this to turn more land into financialised housing.

    • Will S.

      June 12, 2021 at 12:48 pm


  3. jorgen b

    June 12, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    They always were musty too. They existed just to expose your lungs to mold.


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