Atkinson School, 1941

Atkinson School, highlighted yesterday, went through a lot in its 70+ years. It was in the “new and commodious room in the North school building, with the most excellent patent seats” when it opened in 1869. By 1903 it was called a “wreck,” a “rathole,” and “the terror of our childhood” after a City Federation of Women’s Clubs inspection. It housed returning First World War soldiers in 1919, and was the school for the Old Town’s Chinese and Japanese students beginning in the 1920s. This photo shows it just before demolition began in 1941.

atkinson school demolished 19410405(The Oregonian. Retrieved from http://infoweb.newsbank.com)

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One Response to “Atkinson School, 1941”

  1. Dan S. Says:

    Can anyone tell me why the school looks like it is elevated? I thought the city had spent decades filling in the area and both of these photos look like it has been brought down by five feet or so, from the surrounding neighborhood.

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