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Washington Elementary Embraces Its Past

MEDFORD, Ore. — A Medford school is celebrating its history. Washington Elementary School has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The current building on Peach Street was built back in 1931, but the original school was built in another part of Medford in the late 1800’s. Washington Elementary has embraced its history over the years; it kept its classic look when the building was renovated.

Friday, school and city officials spoke about the school in its front lawn and even former students from the late 30’s remembered their days at Washington.

“We didn’t have any sports; unfortunately, there wasn’t anything for girls for sports so we would go to the back of the playground and talk about all the movies and we saw a lot of movies,” said Washington Elementary alumna Duane Clay.

Part of the recognition includes a plaque that will remain in the school honoring its place in the registry.