Miles City High School. Once in a while, I have read references to Miles City Free High School, which meant there was no tuition. I think it didn't become CCHS until the new building in 1922 but I'd have to check.
Thank you so much Amorette. You are wonderful and do amazing work.
If you do happen to find out the date of the name change, I would appreciate knowing, as actually the late 10s, early 20s is the time period I'm looking into. I didn't realize that when I first posted. If not, this should suffice. Thank you so much.
It is not long until commencement time at Custer High and it should be interesting to most of the Star readers to learn something of the graduates from Miles City High School, which preceded Custer High. The first class graduated from Custer High in 1904, but the first graduate from a high school in Miles City was 1893.
There was no graduating class in 1903, as that was the year in which the switch was made from eleven to twelve grades and from the old Miles City High School to Custer County High.
I should have read my own history column rather than going by memory.
On March 13, 1908, which, coincidentally, was a Friday, the new Custer County High School building was opened, "the event being celebrated with a program and housewarming," according to the Miles City Independent.
Just curious ... was W.B. Clarke a/k/a "Shade Tree Bill" wrong?
The account from "Dusting Off the Old Ones" kind of indicates it was named "Miles City High School" through 1903 (with no graduating class in that last year) and from 1904 on it was "Custer County High School" ... irrespective of the actual building.
Also (and this has probably been answered before, but) when did the high school change its name from CCHS to CCDHS? The 1969-1970 yearbook has "Custer County High School" on the first page ... so I assume after 1970?
Some of those pictures posted in the old post Buck refers to are confusing. The doors and alignment of the schools doesn't make sense. Like the drawer had the map turned the wrong way. It had doors facing streets that don't have doors, etc. But the answer to when the 2nd half was built is answered in the last link.... 1935. According to that pic, the north part of the building was all auditorium... I found that interesting.
If memory serves me, our high school, before the current location, was housed in a multi-story building adjacent to the convent. My father graduated from there in 1912 and my mother in law helped move with her class to the current building in 1921 or '22. It was then the Sacred Heart Church acquired the old school and it was torn down with the building of the new school facility in the 1960s.
The picture of the Lincoln School shows an adjacent building made from sandstone. I never saw any such building, nor heard of it from the earliest 1940s as we lived a half block away until 1944. On another note, in the picture of the old Sacred Heart high school that includes the newer one, there is a building behind the school. That was the gymnasium and I played jr. high basketball there. Many dead spots in the floor that made dribbling a challenge. Similar to the old gym in Terry.
The name change came to be as a result of combining the school boards for the elementary and the high school to form the Custer County District High School in the late 1960s, just before we were forced to go into the split-shift era.
The "old" Lincoln school building was built in 1902 and torn down in the early thirties to be replaced by the newer half of Lincoln. It had no indoor plumbing, which was rather in fashion by the thirties.