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Norman Hall (originally known as P. K. Yonge Laboratory School) is an historic academic building on the eastern campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. It was designed by architect Rudolph Weaver in the Collegiate Gothic style, and built in 1932. It originally housed the university’s research and development primary and secondary schools, but now is the principal building of the university’s College of Education. It is located on U.S. 441, near the southwest corner of S.W. 3rd Avenue and S.W. 12th Street in Gainesville. On January 26, 1990, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

Supposedly several children died in an elevator accident here years ago, and their spirits are still heard and seen traipsing about the third floor at night, laughing and running without a care in the world.

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    Norman Hall
    Gainesville, FL
    United States

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    29.64671575131251, -82.33819397011416
    Alachua County, Florida
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    1. When a senior in Coral Gables High School, my friend & I were invited to a homecoming football weekend at the University. We stayed at a Sorority House. Several years later, I almost fell to the floor when a TV report showed the same Sorority House where 2 roommates had been brutally murdered, in the same bedroom we had stayed in, by the infamous serial killer, Ted Bundy.
      Later, at a reunion, I asked some friends about the murder, & they reported that girls have refused to stay in the room once they experience hearing noises, movements, negative moaning, & arctic-cold spots.

      • Unfortunately that happened at FSU not UF….try getting your facts straight before you start telling stories. You would have never been allowed to stay in the Sorority House as a guest – geeze you can find that little tid bit on their freaking website. Nice try though – but to lie at the expense of the poor souls of the departed…so sad…

        • there was the Gainesville Ripper though. he did kill some girls in their house…supposedly he was camped out on Archer in the woods

    2. 2512 58th Ave Florida I grew up in this house one night a demon live in person repeatedly told me to go in and kill your mother and father..I sincerely believe the house might have been built on top of Indian mounds..will take a lie detectors test…I sincerely can bring the demon back but you have to get a priest to be there with us……

    3. This hall is VERY creepy in both the daytime and at night. When I would walk past it to go to the parking lot at night I always felt like people were staring out of the windows. Also last summer I had a class there; I remember first walking into the building down the hallway where you walk to get to the elevator, this one light before you got to the elevator always flickered and I was curious as to why no one tried fixing it. Also when I was waiting for the elevator I would get this feeling like I needed to hurry up and get inside so I could be safe from something in the building. It was definitely weird! My class was on the second floor and although no weird occurrences happened there it was always creepy and was engulfed with the smell of mold.

    4. I was an education major and had multiple classes at Norman, during the day and at night. One of my classes was a night class on the third floor. One evening in the middle of my class, I went to the women’s restroom on the third floor. As I was washing my hands the restroom, I heard the restroom door slam and a the sound of a child running away and laughing. Nobody else was in the restroom or in even in the vicinity of the restroom when this happened. I later found out that Norman was suspected to be haunted – after this incident there is no doubt in my mind that this is the case.

    5. Definitely haunted. Did a little investigation with some friends one night and caught a really clear EVP saying “I’m Kate” after I asked to tell me your name.

    6. I once went into the women’s restroom on the first floor alone. I immediately felt there was someone else with me – someone who wanted me to get OUT RIGHT NOW. I was so terrified that I bolted up in the middle of peeing and fled the bathroom. I finally found another account of someone having a similar experience in this restroom in and old UF newspaper clipping.

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