Northwest NEWS

June 1, 1998

Local News

Historical Society issues SOS for school

  by Woodinville Weekly staff

   WOODINVILLE--Friends of the old Woodinville School, step up. The Woodinville Historical Society is seeking to organize those who attended the old downtown school or who have fond memories of the red brick building. Phyllis Keller, society president, calls them 'Friends of Woodinville School.' She wants to organize a group to save and refurbish the building, which is owned by the Northshore School District and houses Woodinville City Hall and Chamber of Commerce.
   The society says it is time to come to the aid of the old school which, they say, is a good candidate for the wrecking ball due to its prime location. Talks between the city and district on its purchase are on hold until the City Council sees the capital improvement plan. The building is a link to Woodinville's roots. A school has been on the site since 1893 when Arthur and Mary Calkins donated land for classes. A one-room white frame school was built then, but burned in 1915. A brick structure similar to the Hollywood Hill Schoolhouse replaced it, and was enlarged in 1936 with funds from the Works Project Administration (WPA).
   "Not only have Woodinvillites attended school on this site since the beginning of our town, generations have attended school in the current facility from the 1930s to the 1990s," Keller said. "They are the 'Friends of Woodinville School' that we are trying to reach." She hopes that those who went to school there will want to save it. To learn more, write the society at P.O Box 216, Woodinville, WA 98072, or call Keller at (425) 483-8943.