Spokane University

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Spokane University was a four-year liberal arts college that operated from 1913 to 1933. It was founded in 1912 by Mr. B. E. Utz and Mr. W. D. Willoughby as Spokane Bible College.[1] Mr. Utz worked at Eugene Bible University in Eugene, Oregon from 1909 to 1911 before moving back to Spokane. Spokane University was created to train ministers for the Christian Churches in Washington State. Because of financial difficulties during the Great Depression, in 1934 it merged with Eugene Bible College to become Northwest Christian College in Eugene, Oregon, now known as Northwest Christian University.[2]

During its existence, Spokane University conferred degrees on 112 men and 100 women. Forty-six of the men were ordained. It was organized as three colleges: Bible, Liberal Arts, and Fine Arts.[3]

The facilities were sold to Spokane Junior College which moved into the city of Spokane from its original location in the Spokane Valley to the former site of Spokane College on Spokane's South Hill. The former site of the university, twenty-three acres at Ninth and Herald Streets, has been the home of University High School since 1960. The former site of Spokane University is now considered the old U-High as University High School has moved to a new location on 32nd Rd.


  • B. E. Utz, 1912 - 1914
  • Isaac N. McCash, 1914 - 1916
  • Andrew M. Meldrum, 1916 - 1922
  • Chester V. Dunn, 1922 - 1924
  • Roy K. Roadruck, 1924 - 1932
  • A. G. Sater, 1932 - 1933

Notable Alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Utz, Mrs. B. E. History of Spokane University. Spokane, WA: Leo’s Studio, University Place, 1941.
  2. ^ Goodrich, Martha A. History of Northwest Christian College. Eugene, OR: unpublished MA thesis, University of Oregon, 1949.
  3. ^ Griffeth, Ross J. Crusaders for Christ. Eugene, OR: Shelton-Turnbull, Inc., 1971.