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Mail Tribune 100, Sept. 14, 1921

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago

Sept. 14, 1921

NEW H. SCHOOL NECESSARY IS BOARD’S VIEW

At the board of education meeting last night steps were taken to relieve the congestion of third and fourth grade pupils at Washington school, and to provide for the fencing in and building bleachers in the very near future of the old ball park, which is now owned by the board and is to be used as an athletic field for the schools.

Owing to the Washington school congestion and the fact that this year every school building has a 5 to 10 percent increase in attendance, school conditions are such in Medford in the minds of the members of the board, as to render necessary the building of a new high school building within a year or so.

For temporary relief at Washington school in the third and fourth grades the board decided to hold half-day sessions for each third grade pupil, 75 of whom are in Miss Kathryn Dunham’s room. Thirty-eight of the pupils will attend the morning sessions and 37 in the afternoon sessions.

After much discussion along more permanent relief lines of erecting portable school buildings or renting rooms in the Washington school vicinity to be used for school rooms, the board finally decided to transfer enough pupils from Washington school to Roosevelt and Jackson schools, and establish one new room at each of the latter buildings if the street car service can be extended to the east side of the city at an early date.

While this proposed arrangement is not entirely satisfactory to the superintendent and board members, they hope that the patrons of the schools can readily see that it much be suffered until a new high school building can be erected and put into use. Superintendent Smith was authorized to employ one new teacher for the third and fourth grades, and another new teacher to relieve the pressure in physical education and home economics instruction.

In the discussion on fencing in the ball park athletic field and erecting new bleachers therein, the board appointed Principal Campbell of the high school and Hollis Huntington, head of the boys physical instruction, as a committee to obtain estimates on the cost and prepare plans to raise finances for these improvements. When their report is ready in a few days, a special meeting of the board will be called to act upon it.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com