Throwback Thursday: Ballard schools back in the day

With all local schools back in full swing we thought it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane and share some interesting photos of the Ballard schools of yesteryear.

The black and white photo below, taken in 1909 , features the main building of Adams School which was located on 26th Ave NW. The school opened in Ballard in 1909 on a property that had recently been logged. This photo was taken about the time that construction on the school was completed.

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The black and white photo below, taken in 1911, shows students from Adams School participating in an all-boy calisthenics class in the school basement.

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The black and white photo below, taken in 1944, features a group of students eating cake inside a Loyal Heights School classroom.

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The black and white photo, taken in 1914, features the front of Ballard High School which was then located at 5308 Tallman Ave (the current location of Swedish). The first high school program in the neighborhood began in this building which was then known as the Central School. After Ballard was annexed into the city of Seattle, the school was renamed Ballard High School. When the new BHS opened in 1916, this building became an elementary school.

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Photos and information courtesy of MOHAI.

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