Dixon School - Dixon, MT
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters
N 47° 18.948 W 114° 19.154
11T E 702596 N 5243744
Quick Description: This 1919 school was upgraded in 1938 with WPA funds and remains in use today.
Location: Montana, United States
Date Posted: 11/22/2014 12:28:58 AM
Waymark Code: WMMY27
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member thebeav69
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Long Description:
Built in 1919, the date of construction was embossed on the façade with a pair of 19s high on the wall, one each on either side of the main entrance. Above the entrance is a very pretty bell tower which still holds its bell, the top of which can just be seen from ground level.

The cost of the original school was $20,000 and in 1938, partly through a bond issue and partly through WPA funds, a $28,000 gymnasium was added which today also houses a kitchen and cafeteria. The school now houses Kindergarten to grade eight. A short history of the school is reprinted below.

School

Dixon School Building History

In 1918, under Principal Charles W. Disbrow, a twenty thousand dollar bond issue was voted, and construction of a modern brick building was started which is the K-8 school building used today (with some additions). The new building opened wide its doors in October of 1919. Mr. Ernest Thelin was the first principal in the new building.

At that time, Dixon school served grades 1-12. In fact, in 1920 the high school received a fully accredited rating by the State department. This meant that graduates were admitted to universities and colleges without entrance examinations.

The building which was completed in 1919, although considered the last word in modern schools at the time, contained a gymnasium about half the standard size. The gymnasium was remodeled into classroom space. Today, the school's computer lab is located in this space.

In 1938, partially by bond issue and partly by government grant under the W.P.A., $28,000 was raised to build a gymnasium. Today, this building also houses the kitchen and cafeteria for the hotlunch program. The gymnasium which is equipped with a stage is used for the special school occasions such as the Christmas Program and Spring Concert. The gym is still used for the school's sports programs and adult basketball tournaments. It is one of the oldest gyms still in use.
From the Dixon School

Project type: Government building (non-park)

Date built or created: 1938

Location: Dixon Montana School

City: Dixon

Condition: Good upkeep with a little wear and tear

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