This Was News – “Mendocino County Education System”, 1913 – The Ukiah Daily Journal

Ukiah Republican-Press ‘Booster, Progress and Development Section’, March 7, 1913

Mendocino County Education System

By LW Babcock School Superintendent

When it comes to its schools, Mendocino County ranks among the best in the state.

There are two county high schools and five Union high schools. In Ukiah and Mendocino are the two county secondary schools established in 1893. These two schools have the largest number of students. Union high schools are located at Fort Bragg (established 1900), Covelo (1903), Point Arena (1904), Willits (1904), Anderson Valley (1912). These all have a good number of students – Fort Bragg having the largest. The lycée has a staff of twenty-seven, with teachers occupying a high rank among state educators.

Elementary schools number one hundred and eighteen with one hundred and fifty teachers and principals. Cities and many rural districts have well-built and well-appointed schools with large grounds and sufficient supply of pure water. Fort Bragg has the distinction of being the largest – with nine teachers and a principal elected for four years at a salary of $ 150 per month. Ukiah comes next with eight teachers and a school principal elected for four years with a salary of $ 140 per month. Willits with five teachers, Mendocino with five teachers, Point Arena, Hopland and Covelo with three teachers each are all important and useful educational centers. More attention is paid to schools each year, and each year marks a substantial gain and improvement in buildings and grounds.

Elementary school teachers have an extremely high rank and every year several of them find prominent locations in large cities. Men of great experience and familiarity with school systems elsewhere unhesitatingly accord our teachers a high rank.

The amount paid for teachers’ salaries during the year ending June 30, 1912 was $ 94,512.82 in elementary schools and $ 27,462.25 in secondary schools. The total educational expense for that year in secondary and elementary schools was $ 156,452.34.

There is no better place in the world to raise and educate children than in the mountains of Mendocino. Here where nature has given us the beauty of the hills and the sky, fresh air, pure water, shady valleys and flower-filled valleys; here like nowhere else, nature has done so much to give our children a correct vision of life.

Schools do a good job in the industrial sense and it keeps the child in touch with life in a real sense.

Janice G. Ball