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Potomac School

At the onset of the twentieth century, the community of Potomac evolved from a small mining and ranching outpost to an established logging and agricultural town. Population growth in the first decade of the new century triggered a need for improved educational facilities. In July of 1912, the trustees of Potomac School District #11 voted to establish a local high school. Taxpayers voted fifty-six to four in favor of bonding $10,000 to finance its construction, and the Missoula husband-and wife architectural team of John and Josephine Kennedy supplied blueprints for the substantial four-room building. Their design features a central belltower, typical of period schoolhouse architecture, but innovatively incorporates wide eaves, a hipped roof, multiple window groupings, and banded brick fa├žades characteristic of the then-fashionable Craftsman style. By the fall of 1913, the completed and well-equipped building included twenty large desks, newly purchased at four dollars each. Two secondary and three primary teachers managed fifty-two students ranging from grades 1 to 12. Zoology, Latin, German, and bookkeeping were among the courses offered by the accredited high school program. Today, as generations of graduates fondly remember the Potomac School, it continues to serve as an anchor to the community and a doorway to the future for its children.

Images

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Potomac School Potomac School. Front to side view of the school building, facing northeast. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: James Costamanga Date: Apr. 1991
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Potomac School Potomac School. Rear view of the school building, facing west. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Chere Jiusto Date: Oct. 1991
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Potomac School Potomac School. Side view of the school building, facing north. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Chere Jiusto Date: Oct. 1991
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Potomac School Potomac School. Front view of the school building, facing east. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: Ca. 1910

Location

220 Potomac Road, Potomac, Montana | Public

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Potomac School,” Historic Montana, accessed April 19, 2024, https://historicmt.org/items/show/1666.