scorecardA 12,500-square-foot property in Maryland hit the market for just $42,000. It turns out it's a high school, and the listing is believed to be a senior prank.
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A 12,500-square-foot property in Maryland hit the market for just $42,000. It turns out it's a high school, and the listing is believed to be a senior prank.

Sarah Jackson   

A 12,500-square-foot property in Maryland hit the market for just $42,000. It turns out it's a high school, and the listing is believed to be a senior prank.
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Maryland's Meade High School was briefly listed for sale in what is thought to be a senior prank.    AACPS Photo Services
  • Some high school students in Maryland got pretty creative with their senior prank.
  • Students are thought to be responsible for listing Meade High School for sale on Zillow for $42,069.

A massive property in Maryland hit Zillow earlier this week at a price that looked too good to be true — and it turns out it was.

The brick building was listed as being 12,458 square feet, with 20 bedrooms, 15 baths, a spacious kitchen, and a private basketball court. The price? Just $42,069.

The property, however, wasn't really for sale — not to mention it isn't a home. It's actually Meade High School in Fort Meade, Maryland, and the listing is believed to be a senior prank.

"This nice half working jail is on sale for a steal!!! All 15 bathrooms come with sewage issues!!" read the listing, which has since been removed. "The school also comes with dangerous unfinished sections that could cost you your life!!!"

The school opened in 1977 and is actually much larger than advertised at 384,824 square feet, according to a 2022 master plan document from its school district, Anne Arundel County Public Schools.

"This is incredibly creative advertising, but we are stunned that the listers so vastly underestimated the value of this prime real estate with such amazing amenities," said Bob Mosier, chief communications officer at Anne Arundel County Public Schools, in a statement. "Potential buyers surely will be flocking to snap this deal up, right? This won't be on the market for long."

The students at Meade aren't the first to list their school for sale for their senior prank. In 2018, seniors at Auburn High School in Rockford, Illinois, put their school on Craigslist for $2,018.




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