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Dr. Levin speaks at cornerstone ceremonies.
Lester Bingham, Dr. Herman Levin, Victor Simpson, Al Fregulia, Don Pavon.
Page 11 text:
A NEW CHAPTER
The first Westwood High School annual published in 1919 states, "Ten years ago
Indians roamed over the spot where now there is a modern little city." From this same
source we learn that in 1914 a grammar school had been erected and that high school
classes were first held in this building. By 1918 a separate high school was necessary.
The first high school was a two- storyframe structure located on the elementary grounds
and included "a large gymnasium, study rooms, recitation rooms and several other rooms
but no rooms to rent." A full page picture in this first annual shows a neat Westwood sur-
rounded by heavy timber with Mount Lassen, during a period of eruption, clearly visible in
Fire completely destroyed the high school in 1927 and The Red River Lumber Company
immediately erected a new high school at Third and Greenwood Streets. This building was
constructed of heavy posts and beams with walls and ceilings of "ten-quarter" pecky cedar
and was to remain a Westwood landmark until its demolition in 1963.
The 1928 annual comments that with the new building a new organization was
established--a "six-year high school with Junior and Senior divisions, a new type of
The closing of the mill in 1956 resulted in the closing and boarding up of the building,
and high school classes, after nearly 40 years of separate quarters, were again moved to
the elementary school.
Steadily increasing enrollments in 1961 and 1962 made it apparent that Westwood would
again need a separate high school. The voters of the school district wholeheartedly approv-
ed a bond issue to make this possible. As the 1964 annual goes to press the new high
school nears completion and another chapter in the history of Westwood will be completed
and a new chapter started.
LEONARD H. RANDALL
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