“Fred”- The Ghost Of The Old PSJA Auditorium (San Juan, TX)
For generations of actors from the award winning and highly regarded theatre program of the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District, there have been reports of unusual activity ruminating from the campus formerly known as PSJA High School in San Juan, TX.
Students and staff claim to have seen the ghostly apparition of “Fred”, a former janitor, roaming the theater at all hours of the day and night. Legend has it, “Fred”, died as a result of falling nearly 40 feet from the ceiling of the theater while changing a lighting fixture.
In addition, as part of tradition, theatre directors always made sure to leave a reserved seat for “Fred” during any production at PSJA High School.
“The old PSJA Auditorium – It has been said that in the old auditorium years ago a janitor or tech was putting up a light on the top and he fell and died. ill this day if you look up the light has never been replaced.
The story is if you happen to do a production there, you have to put his name in the program because if not he will do something to ruin the show. Either drop the set, or something else horrid will happen.” – anonymous
Apparently, during a production of “Aladdin”, the stage manager forgot to add his name to the program and a fire broke out on stage during a live performance.
Check out what the former Head Director of Theatre at PSJA High School had to say about his chilling paranormal encounter at the old auditorium.
“As a former theatre director at the old Dome Auditorium, I was frequently the last man out after rehearsals ended. One night as I was preparing to exit the building I heard footsteps on the stage. Thinking it might be a student who had not left, I jumped on stage and saw a plainly dressed man waking backstage . I followed him and asked him to identify himself . He did not turn around but kept walking silently.
The backstage narrows into a small hallway which leads back to the front lobby. Before reaching the lobby, there is a small janitorial closet . I continued to follow the man who turned and walked into the closet. By this time I was annoyed, I opened the closet door expecting to have a conversation with a janitor.
As I flung the door open I quickly realized there was no one inside. The man has vanished . Anyone who might have been looking at the theatre from the outside would have seen a side door fly open and would have seen me running out of the building to my car. I directed plays in the dome from 1990 until 1997 and I never saw “Fred” again if that’s who it was.” -Roberto Gomez Jr
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I went in the auditorium in 2020 I open the door and Ther was only one seat that was black and we mess around and we saw nothing I will comment again if I go back and I summon him
We had our 8th grade Memorial Middle School graduation there back in 1996. Since we borrowed the auditorium, Fred was not included in the program and I’m sure a seat was not reserved for him. In the middle of the ceremony, there was a black out that lasted more than 10 minutes. Imagine the commotion! We knew it had to Fred!
I attended there in 1998. Never saw or heard Fred.
I’ve attended many plays back in the 80s, but, during a variety show in 1989, I witnessed lighting issues, and the microphone of a girl stopped working in the middle of her song-hardly a ghost story, I know, but, just saying it relates to all the other incidents mentioned…I had always heard the auditorium was haunted, never new the alleged ghost’s name was Fred (unless I just forgot) till now after reading Mr Gomez’s story and everyone’s comments
I used to be the sound tech for Alamo Middle School back in ’95. One Saturday afternoon after rehearsal for our one act play, Mr. Gomez asked me to check all the doors and make sure everything was locked in the old Bears auditorium which we were using at the time. I was the last kid there since Mr. Salazar (Czar) was my ride home. As creepy as it was, and knowing full well about Fred, I checked everything out on my own while Mr. G and Czar stayed on the stage to discuss the play. To this day I am more than sure that all the doors were closed and locked, yet the moment I turned to return towards the stage through the inner lobby doors, one of the main metal exit doors opened by itself and slammed shut behind me. Mr. G already knew. He said it so casually like “Oh, that’s just Fred”. Realistically, there was no way it could have been the wind or another person. It was a weekend and no one was in the lobby. Plus those doors are pretty heavy. Still remember it like yesterday.
Oh yes! I was making out with an ex girlfriend of mine back in 1984. We thought we were the only ones in the place but a voice told us, ” you guys should be in class” Che Fred.
So when did Fred fall to his death. What year was it? Class of 1969
I never heard of the story and I was not in theater but the auditorium was used widely used for many functions but in 1986 I tried for the Misss city of Pharr it was the first and only time i tried but remembering back one of my dresses disappeared I couldn’t find it. I was so upset but then later in the week my dress was found and I was called to pick it up omg could the ghost be the one that hid it from me to try and lure me back into the changing room alone freaky.
When I worked at a middle school I was in charge of 8th grade graduation held at the Oso Dome. I did not put Fred’s name on the program. During the ceremony with the parents and students in attendance all the lights turned off. You need a special key to turn the lights off it’s not an ordinary light switch. We had to find a janitor to come with a special key to turn them back on. After he turned them on it happened again! LEARNED my lesson after that!
No Fred when I was there in high school class of 84 I was in Band and we played there so many times but no Fred. Question when did Fred die there?
I’ve heard the story of Fred but never encountered him…Growing up, going to plays I noticed Fred’s name in the program and or Thank You Fred…I recently asked my mom about the story of Fred in the auditorium and she recalls the story from when she was in school…My mom is a 1969 graduate from PSJA Bears…So the story has been around for decades…
I was in the theater program from 1999-2002, and yes, we all knew about Fred. As a freshman, I was warned not to sit in his seat, which was located on the left-hand side and for whatever reason, was a completely different style of chair. I want to say my sophomore year, 3 other students and I heard banging inside the janitor’s closet on the right side backstage, only to find it empty. The only other weird thing that happened (when I was there, anyway) was that the following year, the Bearettes forgot to thank Fred in their program, and the AC went out. In May. In SOUTH TEXAS. 100° heat inside a giant dome will make you remember to thank the one and only Fred.
I was in the PSJA Varsity Concert Choir and we always had our concerts & variety shows there in the PSJA auditorium. We would sometimes encounter Fred’s doings. Like noices, strange banging sounds, but one incident that I’ll never FORGET was in one of our variety shows. At that time the way it was backstage was if you were seating facing the stage the girls dressing room was on the left & the boys were on the right. The side we were situated wasn’t frequently used basically just to get ready. To get on stage everyone went on through the girls side(left side) Anyhow one time a lil towards the end of our variety show we went to do our final outfit chang of the night. The majority of the boy’s were already out of the dressing room it was just like me and 3 other boys that were finishing getting ready. There was a bathroom in there but wasn’t functional I was like close to it and while changing I had heard something in there I asked the other boy’s if they had heard anything and they said yes so I opened the door and there was NOTHING so we continued to finish getting ready when all of a sudden we hear like a piercing scream and then a huge BANG like something had fallen hard we all turned to look back & all of a sudden all the light started to flicker and boy oh boy we all screamed and ran out of there as fast as could. Besides all the other stuff we were frequently used to hearing that was the oddest and most chilling thing that had happened to us. So I totally believe in Fred and his doings 😉😁
1…2 Freddy’s coming for you.
3…4 better lock your door.
5…6 get a crucifix.
7…8 better stay up late.
9…10 never sleep again.
What year did he die?
I went to PSJA high school. I was part of the tech crew for “The Wizard of Oz” , back in 86. I remember Fred, I remember how things wouldn’t be where you left it. I remember changing the light on a scaffold and leaving that one light only. Never saw him but he made sure we felt his presences.
Fred! I remember! I never encountered him though but heard stories. I’m curious as to who this Fred was and if anyone knows if his obituary was ever published. 🤔
It’s been a long time I haven’t seen him but we would here things move around when the teacher took us there to see if we would see or here something
You guys have it all wrong! It’s PSJA North that has the legend of Fred. Wow, & for those who claimed they went to San Juan middle school, you school should know better!
Legend has it that you either list his name in the program &/or say “thank you, Freddie” @ the end of show before the cast leaves or he’ll lock you in if he’s not acknowledged.