National Register of Historic Places

Pioneer School

Near Clark

Date Added to Register

Tuesday, October 05, 1993

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The Pioneer School was designed by architect Curtis Oehme and constructed by H. P. Anderson in 1914. The original school consisted of one large classroom on the ground floor with a double door in the entry and a storage closet. In 1953 work was completed on a two-room teacherage addition to the east end of the building which consisted of a combination living room, kitchen, and one bedroom. In 1956 the school was upgraded and a music room addition was constructed on the north side. The Pioneer School is an early twentieth century rural school significant as a site of education in an isolated and sparsely populated farming and ranching community. It represents a substantial physical improvement over the one-room log school. It also reflects the early twentieth century movement toward improved standard school facilities. This standard school plan is reflected in the high ceilings and large floor space, a cloak room and large multi-paned banks of windows set high in the walls. Pioneer School held classes from 1914-1969. Class rolls indicate that enrollment fluctuated from as few as five students to as many as twenty-eight students over the years. School District #4 consolidated with Powell School District #1 in 1969. On August 14, 1970, the Pioneer School, along with two acres, was deeded to the Pioneer Service Group to be used as a Community Center. The Center has been used to hold dances, extension club meetings, card parties, anniversary and wedding parties, receptions, benefits, carry-in dinners, and the Clark Reunion, serving as a gathering place and landmark tying the community to its past.

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