The new public school opened on September 20, 1893 and shared the space with the Normal School until their own building was opened in October 1896.
When the Governor
vetoed funding to rebuild the Normal School in 1893, the people of Cheney voted
to tax themselves bonds in amount of $19,000 for erection of new brick school
building erected near the corner of 4th and D streets. Prior to this, public school
classes had been held in the old wooden county courthouse building that had
been moved to the corner of 4th and E [College].
The new public
school opened on September 20, 1893 and shared the space with the Normal School
until their own building was opened in October 1896.
At first the school
housed the eight grades of what was called the common school, since high
schools had no legal status in Washington until 1895. The following year the
Cheney School District began to offer its own high school curriculum.
Each year the
curriculum improved, and by 1909 Cheney High School was heralded among the best
high schools in the state. In May of that year, the first high school
graduation was held with five students receiving diplomas. Those first
graduates were: Leslie Crawford, James
Cossalman, Claude Cartwright, Martin Holter, and Welba Monk. L. L. Hay was the principal, and John F.
Oppliger was the school board president. The senior class colors were purple
and white, and the school colors were maroon and black, as they are today.
In 1913 with the new
high school in place, the old public school had more room for the elementary
and junior high students. By 1921, remodeling damage and deterioration caused
the district to condemn part of the old building. As a result, Superintendent J.
W. Lindley and Principal J. W. Hodge arranged an agreement with the Normal
School. They sent the first through sixth grade students to the Normal Training
School, while the seventh, eighth, and ninth grades continued in the public
The old building was
demolished in 1929 in preparation for the construction of a new high school on
the site. Bricks from the building were reused in the new school.