Thursday, October 15, 2015

Happy Camp's Log High School

It was Californians first log high school when it was built in 1933! But for me, this sturdy log building means so much morel. The Log High School Memorial Building in Happy Camp has always meant so much to me about the unity of the community and what we can do by working together!! 

Can you imagine how parents felt when the only way to get their children an education after the eighth grade was to send them to a boarding school, Mt. Shasta or elsewhere, far from home? Postmaster Gorham Humphries was one of the parents who led the move to provide a high school education for the children who wanted to go further in their education. He nearly single-handedly gathered other men who saw the importance of an education for the young people of Happy Camp.

Gorham Humphreys had gone before the Siskiyou County Board of Education and asked for a teacher that could instruct some students who were above elementary level in one room of the elementary school in 1925. They took it before the proper authorities, out in Yreka, but it was the Depression. No one had money for a new building, instead of the single room built onto the  elementary school for ninth graders,  Then Humphreies tried again asking for two teachers if the community provided everything else needed, beyone the elementary room which was inadequate for the purpose. That was agreed upon! An engineer at the Independence Mine, Philip Toleman, and the dentist, Dr. Deason, helped Humphries work out all the plans. Land was donated by Newton and the Forest SErvicfe allowed logging of trees. community worked together and by that fall, there was the Happy Camp High School! Gothsam Humphries son Bobbie was among the students graduating from the first class to spend four years at the log school, graduating 1932.

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