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. . . Ellie Bobcat
BROOKINGS HIGH SCHOOL
Board of Education
I. J. BIBBY, Pres. D. B. DONER R. A. MARK
Mrs. C. D. SI-IEA E. R. BARTLING
Cyfistory of CfB'rookings ,Schools
The Brookings school district was organized during the winter of 1879-80. The
outlines of the district were in dispute until well toward spring when a compromise
was effected. The first district meeting was held early in April, 1880, at the home
of Erick R. Olson, who was elected director. Ole Mark was elected treasurer and
Hans Phillipson secretary.
Later it was decided to have three months of school, two in the spring and one
in the fall. Minnie Linclskog was hired as teacher for S20 per month and board. The
iirst two months were taught at the home of Ole Mark, where the college cow barns
are now. The fall term was taught by P. O. Peterson.
Mr. Phillipson took the first school census, finding 79 children of school age. The
district comprised half of Brookings township, east of the river, and 12 sections in
When the railroad came through in October, 1879, plans were started for a per-
manent school building. At a meeting held in December in the Geo. W. Pierce build-
ing-now occupied by the Eide shoe shop-it was decided to issue bonds not exceed-
ing 352,000 for the new building. A committee consisting of G. W. Pierce, R. H. Wil-
liams and H. H, Natwick was appointed to work with the school board. The location
for the new school building was adopted on motion of Geo. A. Mathews. Bonds to
the amount of 51,500 were sold to R. F. Pettigrew of Sioux Falls at 97 cents on the
dollar, and the first building was erected. This is now the main part of the Register
building. Only the first floor was completed the first year, the carpenter work being
done by Hans Christopherson for 3164. The irst teacher in the new building was
Miss Emily Stanton. The next year the second door was furnished, and 3300 worth
of bonds were sold to James Hauxhurst.
It was not many years until the frame building was outgrown and it was sold
and moved, to be replaced by the first half of the present Junior high building. The
enlarging of the Junior high structure, a new grade building, and the erection of a
fine new modern high school building followed at intervals. Now the facilities are
crowded again, and it will not be many years until more room will have to be provided.
From the 79 children of school age in the winter of 1880, the school census has
grown to over 1,110.
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