Lone Pine School's lone pine is long gone

We live near Lone Pine Road (and Lone Pine School), and I've often wondered about where the name came from. Was there a lone pine tree somewhere in that area that gave it the name?

— Sally J., Medford

We went back in time, Sally, to get your answer — all the way back to a previous Since You Asked question posed in 2005, in which a writer wondered if a lone pine off Foothills Road was the inspiration for the name.

Turns out it wasn't. The name came from the school, which in turn got its name from a lone Ponderosa pine that stood in front of the school. Former principal Rich Miles said the original tree died in 1946 and was replaced by the Forest Service in 1948.

A drive-by of the school confirms that pine is gone as well. If there's a lone pine that remains, it's a small one.

The Southern Oregon Historical Society says the area around the school was originally called Red Top because of the color of the original school roof. Lone Pine School started out as a one-room building with white siding and that red roof, which led to the first name of the school in 1887: Red Top School.

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