Western Mennonite School (Salem, Oregon, USA)
Western Mennonite School is a
standard high school committed to the cause of training the youth of the
Pacific Coast Conference (Mennonite Church). A Committee appointed by
the Conference in 1944 and composed of Milton R. Martin, Marcus Lind, and
Gabriel D. Shenk, proposed that the Conference take necessary steps for opening
and operating such a school. This proposal was accepted by Conference 21-22
June 1945. At this same time, Oregon passed the School Attendance Law that
raised compulsory school age to sixteen, a circumstance that created much
pressure in favor of a church high school. In September 1945 classes were held
in the Bellevue school building located between Sheridan and McMinnville, Oregon.
In the second year school opened on the permanent campus located 10 miles north
of Salem on the Wallace Road, Route 221. F. J. Gingerich of Canby, Oregon, was
the first president of the school board, serving for six years. He donated 12
acres of land that comprise the immediate campus. Later the board purchased an
additional 32 acres.
Marcus Lind of Salem, Oregon,
served as its first principal 1945-52, followed by Clayton Swartzentruber
1952-57, C. J. Ramer 1957-58, and E. L. Keener 1958-59. In the late 1950s the
physical plant included an administration building with classrooms, boys'
dormitory, dining hall, and chapel; girls' dormitory; auditorium-gymnasium;
industrial arts building; and a new administration building. The enrollment in
1959-60 was 129, with Paul E. Yoder as principal.
Address: 9045 Wallace Road NW, Salem, Oregon 97304; Phone: 503-363-2000; Fax: 503-370-9455.
School web site: http://www.westernmennoniteschool.org/
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 934. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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