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Historg of the School
Compton Union High School in 1903
The History of Compton Union High School dates back to 1896. when
plans were first made to organize a secondary school in this locality.
High school classes were first held in the grammar school building. located
about where Youngs Hotel now stands on Wilmington street near Main. Only
two rooms were used the first year, since there were only two faculty members.
Paul J. Mohr was the first principal and served one year. He was follow :d by
B. O. Kinney who served four years. During this period only ten students were
Compton Union High School was first formed in 1896. At that tim: three
Grammar School Districts made up the Union. namely. Compton. Lugo. and
lznterprise. Later. 1902-1903. Watts and Palomar entered the district. with
Willowbrook and Belle Vernon following in 1906-1907. Next. Clearwater
and Hynes made their entry in 1907-1908. and Graham followed in 1919-20.
The present Union is made up of the districts of Compton. Lynwood.
Clearwater. Willowbrook. and Enterprise. the other districts having withdrawn
from time to time. the largest withdrawal being that of Watts in 1925. The pres-
ent dfisrict is the only high school district in the state having all the secondary
pupils under its charge. from the seventh grade through the junior college.
The original high school building was built in 1903 and was situated
where the Home Economics building now stands, on the corner of Myrrh and
ln the school year 1901-1902 the faculty was increased to three with lV1r.
L. B. Scranton as principal. A class of seven graduated that year.
Following Mr. Scranton, Mr. W. 1. Frew became principal for the period
between 1902-1910. During these eight years the teaching force grew to ten.
Twenty-three students received their diplomas in the class of 1910.
Mr. J. B. Nichols next became principal for the year 1912-1913. The in-
stitution consisted of a faculty of twelve and a Student Body of 169.
For the next three years 1913-1916. M. R. Moberly was principal.
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