lewiston idaho high

High school in Lewiston, Idaho, closes after 92 years

June 2, 2020
The aging facility is being replaced by a new high school that's under construction.

Lewiston High School in Lewiston, Idaho, has officially closed after 92 years.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that because of the coronavirus that abruptly ended classes in the school in March, students and staff were unable to enjoy “a number of last happenings” that would have taken place in the building.

“I think the opportunity to bring closure, even for the teachers and administrators, was kind of taken away,” Superintendent Bob Donaldson says. “I go in there now and see everything all packed up or being boxed up."

In the fall, the doors are set to open to about 1,500 students at the new Lewiston High School, which is under construction.

“Everyone is very excited to get into a new facility, but at the same time there are a lot of traditions that happened in the hallways of the old Lewiston High School,” says Principal Kevin Driskill said.

The existing high school building was plagued with problems.The library lacked air conditioning and windows. Water would sometimes leak from the ceiling onto books.

The school was in built 1928 at a cost of $214,000. The building was considered “an engineering marvel for its day and became the focus of attention for other districts seeking to build during the Depression,” according to the school district’s website.

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