It was a momentous time for a gritty mill town. Everett's population had tripled to 24,000 in 1910 from 8,000 in 1900. Their old high school on Oakes Avenue was bursting with students.
On that Friday afternoon, the students got their first glimpse inside the spacious three-story beaux-arts building.
For $198,000, including land, the community built what the Everett Daily Herald described as "the most complete and modernly equipped educational institution of the Pacific coast."
The following Monday, Jan. 31, 1910, the school opened to classes for the first time. At an assembly, Everett schools Superintendent D.A. Thornburg told the students, "I believe that this ground has been especially set aside by providence for the purpose of a high school."
Read more of Herald writer Eric Stevick's story here.
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