Throwback Thursday: Back to School in Ballard

By Joe Veyera

With Seattle Public Schools set to start in less than two weeks, this week’s throwback post takes a look at a small sample of the photos of youngsters of yesteryear in Ballard schools, and some of their extracurricular activities.

The black and white photo below, taken in 1890, shows a group of students at The Broadway School, with teacher Elmer Smith in the back row (seventh from the left).


The black and white photo below, taken in 1910, shows a tall, slender boy in costume for Ballard High School play, “The Professor’s Predicament”. He is wearing coat and trousers of a small plaid pattern, a vest of a larger plaid design, and a white shirt with a large bow at the neck.


The black and white photo below, taken in 1923, shows six young boys are seen crossing the finish line for a sprint at a grade school track meet at Denny Field.


The black and white photo below, taken in 1939, shows the Ross Grade School safety patrol. The caption on the front of the photo lists those in the photo as, from left to right: “Front: Edward Christianson, Robert Johnson, Paul Olson. Back: Billy Dodge, Ralph Forsberg, Milton Lantz, Gilman Pederson. Principal: Olaf Swanson.”


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Photos and information courtesy of Ballard Historical Society.

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