How much do you know about local school district history–specifically
Steilacoom? Did you know that the first "school" was held in a log
cabin near present day Pioneer Park and that the "teacher" Mrs.
Sherwood Bonney, taught 27 students! Seven were her own children.
Did you know that the Sisters of Providence operated a boarding school adjacent to the small Catholic church that was moved from Ft. Steilacoom?
Did you know that this 150-year-old district has only had five superintendents? Its first was Blair Taylor who began his career in the district in the early 1940s after graduating from PLU. Blair Taylor Field at Steilacoom High School is named for this man who brought sports to the curriculum.
These facts, photos and lots more can be found in the newly published school district history book, 150 years of Educating Steilacoom Students. It is a must have for your library.
Copies can be ordered by mailing a check for $15, payable to the Steilacoom Historical School District, 510 Chambers Street, Steilacoom, WA. Send your order c/o Nancy Covert, District Media Relations Coordinator.
Copies will be delivered in time for Christmas.
A second edition, with color photos, and expanded information, will be available in 2006. Watch for details. These books will cost an estimated $20