Moscow School District

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Moscow School District #281
650 N. Cleveland St.
Moscow, ID 83843

Moscow, Idaho
United States
District information
Type Public
Motto Pride of the North
Grades K–12
Superintendent Dr. Greg Bailey
Budget $26 million[1]
Students and staff
Students 2,388 (fall 2016)[2]
Staff 300[2]
Athletic conference Inland Empire League (Class 4A)
Colors Black & Red         
Other information

Moscow School District #281 (MSD) is the public school district in Moscow, Idaho. It has four elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, and one alternative high school.[3]


During the summer of 2012, the district reconfigured from a 6–3–3 format to 5–3–4; the ninth grade was moved out of the junior high, which was converted to a middle school (grades 6–8). After 46 years as a three-grade senior high school, Moscow High School returned to a four-grade campus in August with the addition of freshman (class of 2016).[4]

MHS was originally four years until September 1966, when the freshmen (class of 1970) in the district stayed for a third year at the newly expanded junior high, which had opened in 1959 with two grades.[5][6]


The district's attendance boundary includes student housing facilities of the University of Idaho that have university students with dependent children, including South Hill Apartments and South Hill Vista Apartments.[7][8]

The district (#281) extends beyond the Moscow city limits and is bounded by four other school districts: Pullman to the west at the state line, Potlatch (#285) to the north, Troy (#287) to east, and Genesee (#282) to the south.[9] Pullman has a similar enrollment, while the combined enrollment of the other three districts is about half of Moscow's.

Proposed new high school[edit]

A $29 million bond levy election was brought before the voters in April 2005, with $20 million to fund a proposed new high school campus on the northeast edge of the city (46°44′38″N 116°58′08″W / 46.744°N 116.969°W / 46.744; -116.969). Three quarters of the 40-acre (16 ha) site, adjacent to Mountain View Park, was to be donated by a Moscow family.[10][11] The levy needed a two-thirds majority to pass, but was soundly defeated, with only 44% in favor.[12]

The current high school opened in 1939 on a 4-acre (1.6 ha) site, and a single-floor annex was added in 1968, west of the auditorium. The addition of a second floor to the annex was proposed in the late 1980s, but the soil under its foundation was found to be unsuitable.[13] A second annex, a two-floor wing, was added on the south side of campus in 1991, west of the gymnasium.[14][15] With limited space on campus, the varsity athletic facilities are located at Moscow Middle School (46°44′20″N 116°58′55″W / 46.739°N 116.982°W / 46.739; -116.982).

1912 Center in 2012; MHS until 1939

Prior to 1939, the high school was housed in the 1912 building to the north, across Third Street. The first high school of 1892 was on the present campus, southwest of Third & Adams streets, and was razed in 1939. Both of the former high schools were later known as "Whitworth."[14][16] The 1912 building was used as the district's junior high for twenty years, until the present middle school opened in 1959.[6][17] The school district used the 1912 building for administration offices until its new building was completed in 1996, north of the middle school.[18] The 1912 building was sold to the city in 1998[19] and is now the "1912 Center."[20]


High Schools[edit]

Middle School[edit]

  • Moscow Middle School (7–8)

Elementary Schools[edit]

  • Lena Whitmore Elementary School (K–6)
  • A.B. McDonald Elementary School(K–6)
  • John Russell Elementary School(3–6)
  • West Park Elementary School(K–3)


  1. ^ "Annual Budget 2012–2013". Moscow School District. July 2, 2012. Retrieved October 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Superintendent's message" (PDF). Moscow School District. Fall 2011. Retrieved October 6, 2012. 
  3. ^ "About MSD." Moscow School District. Retrieved on February 22, 2012. "650 N. Cleveland St. | Moscow, ID 83843"
  4. ^ "2012-13 Reconfiguration". Moscow School District. Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Junior High division new at Moscow". Lewiston Morning Tribune. August 19, 1966. p. 15. 
  6. ^ a b "Moscow votes for junior high by safe margin of 72 per cent". Lewiston Morning Tribune. April 9, 1958. p. 16. 
  7. ^ "South Hill Apartments." University of Idaho. Retrieved on February 22, 2012.
  8. ^ "South Hill Vista Apartments." University of Idaho. Retrieved on February 22, 2012.
  9. ^ "Map: counties & school districts" (PDF). State of Idaho, Department of Education. 2005. Retrieved October 23, 2012. 
  10. ^ Celebrezze, Bob (March 18, 2005). "Moscow School District's facility needs". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. p. 8A. 
  11. ^ Summers, Leila (April 23, 2005). "School bond vote looms". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. p. 1A. 
  12. ^ Summers, Leila (April 26, 2005). "Voters reject bond". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. p. 1A. 
  13. ^ Corliss, Bryan (December 19, 1989). "Soil won't support bigger annex at Moscow High". (Moscow) Idahonian. p. 1A. 
  14. ^ a b McCarthy, John (February 2, 1990). "Moscow Plan may doom Whitworth Building". Lewiston Morning Tribune. p. 8C. 
  15. ^ Corliss, Bryan (January 30, 1991). "PE teachers want field on Whitworth site". (Moscow) Idahonian. p. 1A. 
  16. ^ Beck, Richard J. (April 22, 1993). "Before we demolish, let's examine options". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. p. 1B. 
  17. ^ Pall, Linda (November 6, 1990). "Meanwhile, back at Whitworth building, signs of progress". (Moscow) Idahonian. p. 4A. 
  18. ^ LaBoe, Barbara (September 23, 1996). "New school building costs increase by $19,000". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. p. 8A. 
  19. ^ Huntington, Rebecca (May 29, 1998). "Whitworth transfer runs up against a roadblock". Lewiston Morning Tribune. p. 1C. 
  20. ^ "1912 Center". City of Moscow. Retrieved October 24, 2012. 

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Coordinates: 46°44′24″N 116°58′59″W / 46.74°N 116.983°W / 46.74; -116.983