King County Historical Bibliography, Part 05: Schools and Education

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This bibliography on schools and education in King County was prepared as a community history resource by staff of the former King County Office of Cultural Resources, now 4Culture (King County Cultural Development Authority). It was last revised in June 1999.


King County Landmarks and Heritage Program, King County Office of Cultural Resources
506 Second Avenue, Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98104-2307 (206) 296-7580, 1-800-325-6165 V/TDD


The information given below is a preliminary listing of resources relating to educational history in Seattle and King County. A considerable amount of information about schools can be found in community histories, newspapers, landmark nominations and record series held at archival facilities. Some school districts have well-developed records management programs. The Seattle School District maintains its own archival program, which has extensive resource material. The Highline Historical Society and the Shoreline Historical Museum each hold a considerable amount of historical material relating to their respective school districts.

The bibliography does not include landmark nominations or historic resource inventory forms for individual schools, even though these resources can often contain information that can be found no where else. Camp Waskowitz, for example, is an environmental learning center operated for decades by the Highline School District. It is the subject of a landmark nomination and an historic preservation study, both of which contain significant historical information. The bibliography does not include such items as yearbooks or school oriented sports biographies and histories, even though there is significant information in yearbooks and a considerable literature about school sports activities, especially at the collegiate level. Technical and curricular material can sometimes have historical value, as in the case of the Washington State History Curriculum materials produced by the depression era Works Progress Administration. Studies of heritage related curriculum materials are, however, much too extensive to be included here and may be considered for inclusion in a future publication of the Landmarks and Heritage Program. Papers in this series are updated periodically as new information is provided to the Landmarks and Heritage Program.


Andrews, Mildred Tanner, The First 100 Years: Auburn School District, 1996, Auburn, Auburn School District Centennial Committee.

Ballard, Arthur C., Reminiscences of the Old Slaughter School in School District No. 11 in Slaughter Precinct, King County, Washington Territory by one of its Pupils, 1960, typescript, 14pp., copies on file, King County Library System, Bellevue Regional Library and Seattle Public Library.

Bardarson, Otto W., A History of Elementary and Secondary Education in Seattle, 1928, Seattle, unpublished master's thesis, University of Washington.

Bellevue Historical Society, Bellevue Schools Timeline 1883-1998, 18 pp typescript, 1998, Bellevue, by the Society.

Bibb, Thomas William, History of Early Common School Education in Washington, 1928, Seattle, unpublished Ph.D. thesis, University of Washington.

Blaker, Percy H., History of the Highline District, typescript, n.d., 6 pp.

Bolton, Frederick E. and Thomas B. Bibb, History of Education in Washington, 1934, Bulletin No. 9, U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Education.

Bowden, Angie Burt, Early Schools of Washington Territory, 1935, Seattle, Lowman & Hanford.

Buerge, David M., Children of the Sacred Heart: A History of Forest Ridge, 1982, Seattle, Forest Ridge Academy.

Calkins, Kenneth L., ed., Name on the Schoolhouse: An Anecdotal List of Some Historic Names of Schools in Washington State, 1991, Olympia, Washington State Retired Teachers Association.

Cornue, F.G., compiler, Fifty Years of Education in the State of Washington: A Graphic History, 1939, Olympia, Office of Stanley E. Atwood, Superintendent of Public Instruction.

A Decade of School History 1930-1940, Seattle, Seattle School District No. 1.

Egner, Susan T. and Helen L. Runstein, eds., Fifty Years: The Bush School, 1974, Seattle, the Bush School.

Erigero, Patricia et al., Seattle Public Schools Historic Building Survey, 1989, Seattle, Historic Seattle Preservation and Development Authority.

Fitch, Benjamin Roger, History of the Washington State Board of Education, 1934, Seattle, unpublished master's thesis, University of Washington.

Fitzpatrick, Reed, A History of Vashon-Maury Island Public Schools, 1881-1981: Featuring Pirate Gold, the Best of Vashon High, 1980-1, Vashon, by the author.

Garfield, Leonard and Greg Griffith, Rural Public Schools in Washington from Early Settlement to 1945, National Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Documentation Form, 1986, Olympia, Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation.

Gresset, Clarence, "Highline Schools," September, 1972, typescript, 8 pp.

Hanawalt, Frank and Frank Williams, The History of Desegregation in Seattle Public Schools 1954-1981, 1981, Seattle, Seattle Public Schools Division of Curriculum and Instruction and Department of Integration and Special Programs.

Hanson, Howard A., "Secondary Education in Washington Territory, " Pacific Northwest Quarterly, October 1950, Vol. 41 No. 4, pp. 342-351.

Hazard, Joseph T., Pioneer Teachers of Washington, 1955, Seattle, Seattle Retired Teachers Association.

Hazen, Oliver M., Renton School District 403: A History, 1976, Renton, by the District.

Heaton, Robert Lee, A Survey of the Graduates of Auburn High School from 1906 to 1940, unpublished master's thesis, University of Washington, 1954.

Hedges, Richard Gladwin, A Historical Study of Seattle Seminary and Seattle Pacific College 1891-1926, unpublished doctoral dissertation, Seattle Pacific University, 1962.

Highline School District, n.d., typescript (a chronology), 2 pp.

Howard, Ray W., Some Recollections on the History of Bellevue School District, 3 pp. typescript, 1973, by the Author.

Hubbart, Early History of the Seattle Public Schools, 1928, Seattle, typescript, n.p.

Intermediate School Districts in the State of Washington: From County School Offices to Educational School Districts, typescript, n.d. n.p., 1 p.

Jensen, Carl, Highline School District Chronicle: The First 100 Years, n.d. n.p.

Johnson, Harry, comp. and Zita Lichtenberg, ed., Washington Schools in the Good Old Days, 1969, Olympia, Louis Bruno, Superintendent of Public Instruction.

King County School Census, article series on various districts, Seattle Genealogical Society Bulletin, Seattle.

King County Superintendent of Schools, "Outline History of the Organization of School Districts in King County, Washington", mimeographed, 1960, Seattle, revised June, 1964.

Kreisman, Lawrence, West Queen Anne School: Renaissance of a Landmark, 1984, Seattle, West Queen Anne Associates.

Lash, Frederick M., An Historical and Functional Study of Public Education in Seattle, Ph.D. dissertation, University of Washington, 1934.

Levant, Sarah, ed., Seattle School Histories 1869-1974, 1974, Seattle, Seattle Public Schools (previous editions in 1951 and 1964).

Mikel, Wallace S., Superintendent of Schools, A Report of a Survey of the Vashon Island Public Schools, 1962, Vashon Island, Vashon School District.

Miller, Carrie L., The History of Education in Seattle, 1929, Seattle, unpublished master's thesis, University of Washington.

Moran, Frank G., Maroon & Gold: Being a Record of the Four Years September 1919 to June 1923, 1923, Seattle, Moran-Lakeside School.

My God Teacher I Can Read: An Anecdotal Account of Former Days in Washington's Schools, n.d. (1976), Washington State Retired Teachers Association.

Nelson, Bryce E., Good Schools: The Seattle Public School System, 1901-1930, 1988, Seattle, Seattle Public School System and University of Washington Press.

Orillia School, "On the Occasion of Ceremonies Marking the Closing of Orillia School," January 21, 1958, typescript, 8 pp.

Olson, Cleo Houghton Kenfield, Collected Memories of Central School, Kirkland, Washington 1890-1980, 1982, Redmond, Marymoor Museum.

Peterson, Joe, Issaquah High School: A Social History of An American School, 1990, Issaquah, Issaquah High School Booster Club.

Pieroth, Doris Hinson, Desegregating the Public Schools, Seattle, Washington, 1954-1968, unpublished Ph.D dissertation, University of Washington, 1979.

Pouw-Bray, Alexander, Change in the Common Schools System of Washington State 1889-1899, 1973, Seattle, unpublished master's thesis, University of Washington.

Radcliffe, W.O. E., An Acorn Grew: A History of the Washington Congress of Parents and Teachers From Its Inception to the Present Time, 1905-1947, n.d.n.p.

------, Fifty Golden Years: a History of the Washington Parents and Teachers, 1905-1955, 1955, Seattle, Seattle Printing and Publishing Co.

Representative School Buildings: Types of Modern School Building Construction and Suggestions for Planning a Building Program, 1933, Olympia, State Department of Education.

"School Days in Richmond Beach," n.d. typescript, 2 pp.

Shoreline District Institute, A Brief History of Education in the North End of Seattle, typescript, 1957, Shoreline, Shoreline School District.

Siqueland, Ann La Grelius, Without a Court Order: The Desegregation of Seattle's Schools, 1981, Seattle, Madrona Publishers.

"Tahoma Schools' History," April 12, 1960, typescript, 5 pp.

"Tahoma School District History," in Tahoma School District, No. 409, brochure. n.d.

Taylor, Chris, ed., A Guide to Local Community Records of Women Religious in the Archdiocese of Seattle, 1996, Seattle, Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle (includes school records of a number of teaching orders of nuns).

Watt, Robert Denny, A History Before We Forget, Moran Lakeside School 1919-1923, Lakeside School 1923-1930, 1995, Seattle, n.p.

Wedgewood Elementary School Study, March 1, 1951, Seattle, City of Seattle Planning Commission.


Barksdale, Julian D., Geology at the University of Washington, 1895-1973, Publications in Geological Sciences No. 4, Seattle, University of Washington.

Crowley, Walt, Seattle University: 100 Years of Jesuit Education, 1991, Seattle, Seattle University.

Cremer, Henry, The History of Teacher Training in the Public Higher Institutions of Washington, 1928, Seattle, unpublished Ph.D. thesis, University of Washington.

Dale, David C., M.D., A Brief History of Graduate Medical Education in Washington, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho, Western Journal of Medicine, Vol. 150, April, 1989, pp. 473-477.

Farrar, Victor J., "History of the University", series of articles in Washington Alumnus, Vols. XII-XIII, 1920-1922.

Finch, Clement A., M.D., Fulfilling the Dream: A History of the University of Washington School of Medicine 1946-1988, 1990, Medical Alumni Association, University of Washington School of Medicine.

Gates, Charles M., The First Century at the University of Washington 1861-1961, 1961, Seattle, University of Washington.

Griffin, Tom, and Jean Reichenbach, "The Days of May: The Kent State Killings Left Many College Campuses in Revolt. UW Administrators Look Back at How They Defused a Time Bomb," Columns magazine, Seattle, March, 1990, pp. 11-15.

Hines, Neal O., Denny's Knoll: A History of the Metropolitan Tract of the University of Washington, 1980, Seattle, University of Washington Press.

Illman, Deborah L., comp., University of Washington Showcase: A Century of Excellence in the Arts, Humanities and Professional Schools at the University of Washington, 1997, Seattle, University of Washington Office of Research.

Johnston, Norman J., The College of Architecture and Urban Planing -- Seventy Five Years at the University of Washington: A Personal View, 1991, Seattle, by the author.

------, The Fountain and the Mountain: The University of Washington Campus 1895-1995, 1995, Woodinville and Seattle, Documentary Book Publishers and University of Washington.

McNichols, Donald, Seattle Pacific University: A Growing Vision 1891-1991, 1989, Seattle, Seattle Pacific University.

Nalder, Mae Mark, The Academy Era in the State of Washington, unpublished M.A. Ed. thesis, 1934, Pullman State College of Washington, typescript on file, Seattle Room, Seattle Public Library.

Odegaard, Charles E., The University of Washington: Pioneering in its First and Second Century, An Address at Seattle, 1964, N.Y., Newcomen Society in North America.

Olson, Hilding H., M.D., A Retrospective View of Northwest Medicine: Early History of the Department of Surgery and the Health Sciences of the University of Washington, 1989, Seattle.

Sanders, Jane, Cold War on Campus: Academic Freedom at the University of Washington 1949-1964, 1979, Seattle, University of Washington Press.

------, Into the Second Century: The University of Washington 1961-1986, 1987, Seattle, University of Washington Press.

Schmitz, Henry, The Long Road Traveled: An Account of Forestry at the University of Washington, 1973, Seattle, Seattle Arboretum Foundation.

The Second Century at the University of Washington (pictorial), n.d.n.p.

University of Washington Board of Regents, Communism and Academic Freedom: The Record of the Tenure Cases at the University of Washington, 1949, Seattle, University of Washington Press.


Buchanan, Nina O., Tell Tales of a Teacher, 1962, N.Y. Vantage Press (by a former King County Superintendent of Schools).

Cornish, Nellie, Miss Aunt Nellie: The Autobiography of Nellie C. Cornish, 1967, Seattle, University of Washington Press.

Crowley, Walt, William J. Sullivan, S.J.: A Celebration of Seattle University's Renaissance During 20 Years Under Its 20th President, 1996, Seattle University.

Cullen, Thomas J. and Kathryn Sutton Cullen, The Obituaries of University of Washington Presidents 1861-1958, 1989, Seattle, Northwest Center for Studies in Education..

Guberlet, Muriel L., Windows to His World: The Story of Trevor Kincaid, 1975, Palo Alto, Pacific Books.

Haas, Ellen Tresher, Headmaster on a Bulldozer: Building a School From the Ground Up (Overlake), 1989, Bellevue, Timeline Publishing.

Hall, H. Lark, Vernon Louis Parrington, Through The Avenue of Art, 1994, Kent, Kent State University Press.

Hall, Minta, Do You Remember: Memories of a School Teacher, 1956, N.Y. Exposition Press (by a former Seattle school teacher).

Harrison, Joseph B., Vernon Louis Parrington, American Scholar, 1929, Seattle, University Bookstore.

Richardson, Archie J., Reminiscing: A 70 Year Collection of Memories and Stories About the Jesuits Who Built Seattle University, 1980, Seattle, Seattle University.

Stout, Ariel Edna, Life and Leadership of Mary Gross Hutchinson, 1972, Seattle, unpublished master of science thesis, University of Washington.

Strong, Dexter K., Footnotes from the Headmaster: Lakeside School 1951-1969, 1985, Seattle, Lakeside School.


Burhen, Tove, ed., Hi Times of the 1930s: Duvall High School, Duvall, Washington, School Newspapers of the 1930s, 1997, Duvall, Duvall Historical Society.

Cleveland High School Laboratory Writing Classes, The Duwamish Diary, 1949, Seattle, Seattle Public Schools (many reprints).

Dunbar, Richard, ed., As Time Goes By In Federal Way: A Book About Our Community and Some of its People, 9th Grade Honors Language Arts Class, 1980, Federal Way, Federal Way School District.

Erlandson, Ric and Nancy Doolittle-Gregory, eds., 7th and 8th Grades, Shadows in the Valley of the Moon: Historical Reflections of the Lower Snoqualmie Valley, n.d., Tolt Middle School..

Greenwood School Students, "A History of Greenwood", 6/3 and 10/19/48, Seattle, Greenwood Phinney Herald and Aurora Press.

Jones, Bob, ed., A Glimpse of Woodinville: The Way It Was, Room 26 5th and 6th Grade English, 1989, Hollywood Hill Elementary.

Junior History Classes and Tom Rohn, History of Bellevue, typescript, 1971, Junior History Students of Mr. Rohn's Classes, Bellevue High School.

Norin, Garland, ed., This Is Burien: Impressions by Students of Highline High School, (Seattle, 1963) Seattle Cottage Printers.

Our Seattle Public Schools: A Self-Guided Tour, n.d.n.p.

Redmond High School Students, Redmond: A Short History, 1961, Redmond High School

Watkins, Marj and Garland Norin, eds., The Past Remembered: A Vashon-Maury Island Student Community Project, 1978, Vashon Public Schools.

Way, Nancy, Ed., Redmond Remembers Its Old Brick Schoolhouse, 1997, Redmond, Redmond Elementary PTSA, City of Redmond, Redmond Arts Commission and Marymoor Museum.

Willard, Fred, Coordinator, Crosscuts: Washington History, Places, People, Vols. 1-4, 1975-1978, Port Townsend, Centrum Foundation.

Young, W. W., ed., Early History of Renton, (Renton, n.d.) Central School 6th Grade.

Revised 6/99

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