North Putnam High School ‘for sale’ in 2019 senior prank

Thursday, May 9, 2019
In a post from Wednesday morning, North Putnam seniors placed the high school “for sale” on classified advertisement site Craigslist.
Courtesy Craigslist

Having gleaned all the knowledge they can out of the place, some enterprising North Putnam High School seniors have placed the school for sale.

At least that’s what the craigslist post says.

Posted late Wednesday morning on the classified advertisement site, the listing has North Putnam High School for sale for $2,019, a special amount for these seniors.

“North Putnam High School for sale,” the post opens. “Also comes with a middle school for the little ones.”

Of course, the school isn’t really for sale, but in a prank approved by the administration, the class of 2019 has it looking like they are selling the building, occupants and all.

“Comes with a few good staff and a good amount of teachers,” the post notes, before going on to list several features of the property. “We are also throwing in underclassmen.”

The post even gets a little sentimental in noting “has a lot of good memories from the graduating class of 2019.”

Principal Jason Chew was happy to approve the joke, given that it comes largely at his expense.

“The worst kept secret at our school is that all our kids’ pranks get pre-approved,” Chew told the Banner Graphic. “I thought this one was funny and didn’t hurt anyone except me. They posted the for sale contact as my cell number.”

The calls and texts have been coming.

“I’ve received a handful of messages and calls,” Chew said. “My wife and I laugh at them when they come in.”

Taking it a step further, Chew is even encouraging people to call. He changed his voicemail to accept well wishes for the Class of 2019.

To see the post and perhaps leave a message, go to and search either “North Putnam highschool” (one word) or for post 6884199292.

In the meantime, Chew gets to enjoy the laughs.

“I just had a guy offer $2,018,” Chew said.

That bid should make last year’s graduates smile.

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  • wonderful attitude by principal and kids- this is the way the world should be.

    -- Posted by small town fan on Fri, May 10, 2019, at 8:32 AM
  • I'll buy it, not sure on how I would be able to afford the staff though.

    -- Posted by Peterpan44 on Fri, May 10, 2019, at 8:41 AM
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    Kudos to the 2019 graduating class of North Putnam High School.

    A great senior prank.

    Funny, harmless, and fairly original. (Real estate signs have been done for numerous schools over the years but the internet generation found a better way.)

    -- Posted by dreadpirateroberts on Fri, May 10, 2019, at 9:23 AM
  • The building also includes 50 years of wondetful memories.

    -- Posted by interested party on Fri, May 10, 2019, at 1:09 PM
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