Flashback 1992: Inside Sioux Falls’ Old Washington High School
Flashback 1992: Inside Sioux Falls Old Washington High School
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The modern marvel that is YouTube never ceases to amaze me. Sure, there's plenty of garbage there, but you can also find some gems.
Like this video from 1992. It's a sort of video time capsule of the old Washington High School in Sioux Falls. If you came to The Queen City in the last couple of decades, you may only know the building downtown as the Washington Pavilion, a center of Sioux Falls arts and culture.
Before it was the Pavilion, the corner of Main Avenue and 11th Street in Sioux Falls was home to many of the city's schools for most of the 20th century.
Built on the site of the former Central School, WHS's first class of 328 students started in 1908. It was the only high school in Sioux Falls until Lincoln High was completed in 1965.
The class of 1992 was the last class of Sioux Falls to graduate from the old Washington High. That fall the new WHS, constructed on N. Sycamore Ave on the east side of the city, took over the name and educational mission.
This video tour of old Washington High was made by students near the end of that final school year in spring 1992.
The hour-plus video takes you through the hallways, visits several classrooms, offices, the auditorium, gym, and the cafeteria where thousands of Sioux Falls' brightest minds spent their days.
Credits on the video include Director Robin Stolp, Producer Maggie Oestreich, Camera operator Mike Spangler, and Researcher Jenny Van Ann. Teacher Mick Zerr was the facility advisor on the project and he introduces the video.