Kelso High School historical highlights

Kelso High School historical highlights

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Kelso High School historical highlights
Spectators watch the Hilanders play a football game at the old Schroeder Field in the 1960s. Daily News file photo

1887: Kelso’s first school is held in the home of city founder Peter Crawford, where Third and Columbia streets are today.

1888: First public school house is opened for grades 1 through 8, where the Cowlitz County Administration Building stands now.

1891: New public school building, known as the Columbia Street School, is erected near Seventh and Columbia.

1905: Kelso’s first accredited high school classes begin at the Columbia Street School.

1909: First senior class graduates from the Washington School, formerly the Columbia Street School.

1922: The “new” Kelso High School at North Seventh and Academy Street is completed Oct. 7. Two years later Carl Puckett Junior High is built adjacent to the school.

1936: Junior and senior high schools are joined together thanks to federal grant.

1956: Huntington Junior High is built in North Kelso and Carl Puckett Junior High becomes part of the High School.

1970: Kelso High School on Allen Street is built and classes were moved there.

1977: Stadium at Schroeder field on Allen Street burns down. Kelso games are held in Longview

1979: Kelso’s new Schroeder Field is opened at the high school campus; the old Schroeder Field is eventually sold to the state for office buildings.

1980: Mount. St. Helen’s eruption shuts down school for a week.

1983: Kelso wins class AA state football championship with 28-7 win over Sedro-Wooley.

1987: Old Kelso High School on North Seventh and Academy is torn down.

2004: Students return to a remodel school in September. The $29.9 million, two-year remodel included pool improvements, a new gym floor and bleachers.

2007: School unveils 27-foot-long mural featuring pride, football and diversity above Kelso High School’s commons.

2008: School graduates its 100th senior class.


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