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100 years ago: Spokane School District considers adding third high school

Spokane had two high schools — North Central and Lewis and Clark — and a third high school was now in the planning stages.

The Spokane School Board approved a plan for a new 1,000-student school, to be “built on a site yet to be determined by the board, but outside of the business district of the city.” The school would be built in phases, with the first 500-student phase to be completed by 1921.

The impetus for all of this planning? A record enrollment of 1,750 at Lewis and Clark High School and 1,600 at North Central.

“Of course we can get along this year, but if the enrollment is as heavy accordingly next year, we are going to encounter great difficulty in finding room for our students,” said Superintendent O.C. Pratt.

As it turned out, stagnant enrollment and financial issues derailed this plan. A new high school, Rogers High School, would not be built until 1932.

From the journalism beat: The Spokane Daily Chronicle’s correspondent traveling with President Woodrow Wilson’s party in Oregon had some tragic news to report.

A newspaper reporter from the Cleveland Plain Dealer was dead and two other reporters injured while touring the Columbia Gorge with President Wilson’s party.

Their car crashed on the Columbia Highway while returning from the tour. The driver of the car, from Portland, also died.

The two injured reporters were from the Philadelphia Public Ledger and the Baltimore Sun.

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