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Jim Kershner’s This day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

The president of the Spokane Board of Education was asking for help in renaming Spokane’s two high schools, North Central High School and South Central High School. The latter had recently burned down and was being rebuilt at the foot of the South Hill.

The Spokane Daily Chronicle decided to get in on the action by launching a “Naming Contest” for the schools. The Chronicle pronounced itself willing to bestow a whopping $5 reward to the person who suggested the names eventually adopted by the school board.

Unfortunately, it’s doubtful that anybody ever collected either of those rewards. North Central High School was never renamed; it retains its original name today, even after numerous remodeling projects and a brand new building.

As for South Central, the contest had the following bizarre proviso: “Two names have been proposed already, ‘Lewis’ and ‘Clark.’ It is not believed either of these will be chosen and they will be barred from the contest.”

What? Apparently the idea was to name one school “Lewis” and the other “Clark.” That didn’t fly, but the board finally decided to name the rebuilt south side school Lewis and Clark High School, the name it retains today.

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(From the Associated Press)

1848: James W. Marshall discovered a gold nugget at Sutter’s Mill in Northern California, a discovery that led to the gold rush of ’49. … 1908: The Boy Scouts movement began in England under the aegis of Robert Baden-Powell.