Lakewood School District celebrates 95th anniversary

The original Lakewood School was torn down for the new middle/high school in the 1970s. - Courtesy photo
The original Lakewood School was torn down for the new middle/high school in the 1970s.
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LAKEWOOD — In 1914 three small school districts Nos. 35, 65 and 102 were consolidated into one larger district, Lakewood School District No. 306 and now it is suddenly 95 years later. The district is planning a big party for its 95th anniversary with an open house 6 - 7:30 p.m., March 10, and the community is invited to join in the fun.

Arlington’s Mayor Margaret Larson has fond memories of going to school in Lakewood.

“I remember that old building, and I remember my first two teachers — Mrs. Hart and Mrs. Johnson.” Larson said her mother also attended Lakewood schools.

“She didn’t know a word of English when she started first grade,” said the mayor.

Arlington School District’s new superintendent, Kristine McDuffy, also has fond memories of Lakewood, where she launched her career as an administrator.

“I got my first admin job as principal of Lakewood High School,” said McDuffy. Later she was promoted to superintendent.

“Lakewood schools are unique in the tight-knit community of the staff,” McDuffy said. “And the community, too,” she said.

Lifetime Lakewood resident Dick Jensen attended Lakewood schools as did his kids and now his grandkids, said the district’s spokesperson, Robin Barker.

“He taught here for years and loves to talk about the area,” Barker said.

“Howard Huglen is another one who has been here all his life.”

Undoubtedly, there will be a lot of stories tossed around by these and other members of the Lakewood community at the celebration and open house March 10, when a slideshow on the history of the district will be shared, commemorative t-shirts will be on sale, and exhibits about programs offered at the district’s schools. Entertainment will be provided by several student performing groups and visitors will be offered an opportunity to enjoy a school meal prepared by the food services department for the nominal price of $3.50.

Registrations of kindergarten students for the 2009-2010 school year will be taken 6 - 7 p.m. in the LHS Commons and parents of eighth grade Lakewood students are invited to a high school orientation session at 7 p.m. in the high school theater.

To review the district’s history see the Web site at and click on “Celebrating our 95th Anniversary.”

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