Seattle Public Schools, 1862-2000: North School

  • Posted 9/10/2013
  • Essay 10568

This People's History of North School is taken from Building for Learning: Seattle Public School Histories, 1862-2000 by Nile Thompson and Carolyn J. Marr. That book, published in 2002 by Seattle Public Schools, compiled profiles of all the public school buildings that had been used by the school district since its formation around 1862. The profiles from the book are being made available as People's Histories on courtesy of Seattle Public Schools. It should be noted that these essays are from 2000. Some of the buildings profiled are historic, some of recent vintage, and many no longer exist (new names and buildings not included in these profiles from 2000 have been added), but each plays or has played an important role in the education of Seattle's youth.

North School

North School was one of two two-room buildings to open in 1873 to relieve a crowded Central I School. It closed in 1883 with the opening of a new, larger school, Central II. Remaining at the old North School building was a private kindergarten, started in July 1882 by Mrs. C. A. Blaine, which is said to have been Seattle's first.

A public school class returned to the building after Central burned on April 10, 1888. The Third and Pine School was located in a previously unoccupied room at the engine house and operated as an annex to Central I for two years.


Name: North School
Location: 3rd Avenue & Pine Street
Building: 2-room, 2-story wood
Architect: n.a.
Site: n.a.
1873: Opened
1883: Closed
1883-84: Used for kindergarten
1884: Sold in April
n.a.: Became Third Ward Engine House, Seattle Fire Department; Hose Company No. 7 took over a room there
1888: One room opened as Third & Pine School in April
1890: Classroom closed in spring; building demolished; Engine No. 2's station opened on July 21

Use of North School site in 2000
Downtown Macy's


Nile Thompson and Carolyn J. Marr, Building for Learning: Seattle Public School Histories, 1862-2000 (Seattle: Seattle Public Schools, 2002).

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