This historic school building was voted into being in August of 1915 and built. It was modified in 1921 to expand with a second story and again in 1936 to remove that addition. It now has the honor of being on both the State and Federal Heritage Registers.
We received the 2915 historic schoool building in 2005 from the school district but for financial reasons we returned it to the school for continued renovation. The building is now renovated as the District offices of the Rainier School District #307 in Rainier. One room in the building is dedicated to this history. Watch this web sight for updates as we rebuild the site.
The Rainier Historical Society formed in 1997 with the goal of saving the historic school built in 1915. We wanted to save the building and preserve the history of the Rainier Schools, the city of Rainier and the surrounding area.
We can use your help in collecting memories. Sending stories,
and pictures or copies of your pictures.
Hands on preparing pictures displays,
Rainier Historical School,
207 Centre St S, Rainier WA 98576
Mailing address: P O Box 1024, Rainier WA 98576,
For more information
Phone Karen at: 253-370-4410
The 1915 Historical building probably Circa 1936 before they took the second story off. You can see a bit of the new brick high school between the school and the gym (the building on the left, now the senior center). The bell from the bell tower of the school now sits in to the left of the high school.
High School band. 1926
We haven't named any students or teacher yet.
Rainier High School 1936 to 1974
A picture of the Rainier High School as it burned in 1974.
The band students were at the Apple Blossom Festival in Weatchee and the rest out on the football field at a game.
The fire started in the attic with faulty electrical wire.
Multi Purpose school rooms. The three rooms where windows are were removed about 1907. they were occupied by grades 1 - 3 for a number of years and
Main street Rainier. Circa 1900?
In the upper center of the picture behind the buildings you can see the upper part pf the Civil Air Patrol tower which was next to the Fire Department on 2nd and Dakota St. “Code” was – "Nectar Bravo 15 Black".
It was used to identify planes in the Korean War. There was a chart on the wall used to track direction of planes, where they were going and type of plane
There are so many ways to support our mission. Contact us to find out more about volunteer opportunities, stories, displays, etc. and ways to get our message to our community. and surrounding area. Bring us your ideas.
Rainier Historical Society P O Box 1024 RAINIER, WA 98576
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