History of Redmond Schools
The first school in Redmond was a log cabin built in 1875 across Redmond Way from today’s Anderson Park on land donated by William Perrigo, one of the first settlers of Redmond. The structure was 12 feet by 15 feet and had two small windows on either side. A fireplace made of mud and sticks provided heat.
Reportedly, students sat on benches on either side of a long desk with boys on one side and girls on the other. By 1877, 19 students attended the school under the instruction of Mary Condon Jackling, Redmond’s first teacher. Other instructors include Mr. Hodges and Warren Wentworth Perrigo.
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School Districts The first school was originally part of the East Seattle School District, which stretched from the Snoqualmie River on the east to Lake Washington on the west, south to Squak Mountain and north to present-day Woodinville.
On April 2, 1906, Redmond District No. 152 was created. The district grew in 1920 when the Union Hill, Happy Valley and Inglewood districts joined in and again in 1929 when the Avondale district merged. This last merger resulted in a total of 459 students, 6 high school teachers, and 9 grade school teachers in the district.
Redmond merged with the Kirkland and Juanita Districts to form the Kirkland Consolidated School District, later named Lake Washington School District #414, in 1944.
Much of Redmond's history can be gleaned from the stories known about our town's oldest buildings, and Tom Hitzroth is a master at telling them.
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