Valdez City Schools is a school district in Valdez, Alaska.

Valdez City Schools
1112 West Klutina Street, Valdez, AK 99686
United States of America
District information
MottoWhere the Mountains Meet the Sea
GradesPK - 12
SuperintendentTimothy Bauer
Students and staff
Staffapprox 84 (as of 6/1/2014)[1]
Other information
WebsiteOfficial website

It has three schools: Hermon Hutchens Elementary, George H. Gilson Middle School, and Valdez High School, and an organized home-school program.[2]

History edit

On May 25, 1901, Mrs. Alice Leedy opened a school in the Episocopal Church.

The school district itself was founded on September 6, 1901. Adam Wan was elected president. School opened on September 9 and met in City Hall. Mrs. Alice Leedy was the teacher. Only students ages 6 and older were eligible to attend.

The first actual school building opened on November 11, 1901.

By 1903, there were 3 classrooms and 60 students, one each for primary, intermediate, and upper grades.

By 1912, the high school served 4 grades and by 1913 the school had its first graduate.

After the entire town moved as a result of the 1964 Alaska earthquake, new schools were built, including Growden-Harrison Elementary School, which was the first building completed as part of the post-earthquake relocation effort. This school was named after two victims of the earthquake. Growden-Harrison ceased being an elementary school in 1986.[3]

References edit

  1. ^ "VCS Staff Directory". June 1, 2014. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  2. ^ Official website
  3. ^ Valdez High School Accreditation Report Self-Study 2012 (PDF) (Report). Valdez High School. 2012. p. 10.