Wilkeson School

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Wilkeson School
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Wilkeson School
Wilkeson School is located in Washington (state)
Wilkeson School
LocationOff WA 165, Wilkeson, Washington
Coordinates47°06′06″N 122°02′30″W / 47.10167°N 122.04167°W / 47.10167; -122.04167 (Wilkeson School)Coordinates: 47°06′06″N 122°02′30″W / 47.10167°N 122.04167°W / 47.10167; -122.04167 (Wilkeson School)
Arealess than one acre
Built1912 (1912)
ArchitectFrederick Heath
Architectural styleClassical Revival
NRHP reference No.76001905[1]
Added to NRHPOctober 8, 1976

Wilkeson School is a public elementary school building in Wilkeson, Washington. Built in 1912 and still in operation, making it the oldest elementary school in Washington still in use,[2] it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.[3]


Wilkeson School is a two-story sandstone building with a full basement.[3] The front of the school has two entrances with columns on either side of each entrance and a central cupola.[4] The bell tower in the cupola is covered in copper.[3] The school is built of locally quarried sandstone.[5]


The school cost $26,985 to build, financed by bonds issued by the school district. It served the first 8 grades of students.[3]

In 1913, a student at the school sued the principal for whipping him.[6] After two trials, the principal was acquitted.[7]

In 1971, the school was closed due to a levy defeat, and was leased for some time by a local church.[3] At an unknown date, the building was reopened as a school. The school underwent internal renovations during the 2017-2018 school year.[8]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. November 2, 2013.
  2. ^ Candy Hatcher (October 25, 2000). "Evergreen Journal: Double life of an old ghost town". Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
  3. ^ a b c d e Florence K. Lentz (27 Apr 1976). National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Wilkeson School. National Park Service. Retrieved August 31, 2019. With 1 accompanying pictures
  4. ^ Weis, Norm (2013). Ghost towns of the Northwest. Caldwell, Idaho: Caxton Printers. pp. 36–39. ISBN 0870043587. OCLC 65468236.
  5. ^ Carlson, Linda (2017). Company Towns of the Pacific Northwest. University of Washington Press. p. 205. ISBN 9780295742922.
  6. ^ "Teacher Sued by Scholar". The Tacoma Times. No. 14 Oct 1913.
  7. ^ "Principal Declared Blameless". The Tacoma Times. No. 22 Oct 1913.
  8. ^ Hanson, Kevin (19 Jun 2017). "School districts preparing for major projects". The Courier-Herald. Retrieved 31 August 2019.

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