The first Wilsonville School was a one-room structure built in the late 1870s, just off Boones Ferry Road as it led down toward the Willamette River ferry.
As the area around the school grew, residents felt the need to build a newer, larger structure in 1913. This two-room school boasted two teachers, two outhouses, an iron pump in back for water, and a bell tower. The primary levels, grades one through four were taught on one side. The upper levels, grades five through eight, on the other.
After the second school opened, the original school was used for a wood shed. One of the student’s jobs each day was to carry in wood to feed the potbellied stoves, one in each room. A unique feature of the school was the large double-sided blackboard wall that went through the center of the building partitioning off the two classrooms. When an all-school event was held, students would go into the attic above and raise the blackboards to form one large room. For larger school meetings, assemblies, 8th grade graduation and the traditional Christmas play they used the meeting room of the Methodist Episcopal Church across the street.
In 1951 the Wilsonville School District was consolidated into the West Linn District and a new Wilsonville Grade School constructed. If you look carefully in the picture you can spot the original 1870 structure behind the car. It remained on school grounds until 2003 when the property was sold to Fred Meyer Corp. and the buildings and playground demolished.
Only a small stand of trees remain to this day, surrounded by the asphalt of the Fred Meyer parking lot, with a small historic sign marking the spot of the former school.
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