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Fauntleroy Schoolhouse Centenial celebration will feature 'Group Hug' May 21 | West Seattle Herald / White Center News Skip to Main Content Area Wednesday, May 10, 2017 | Broken clouds, 69.8 °F search Letters Sign in Subscribe Contact Us Front Page News Features Sports Opinion Police Blotter Fauntleroy Schoolhouse Centenial celebration will feature 'Group Hug' May 21 The famous Fauntleroy Schoolhouse will celebrate its centennial ... Westside-O-Rama West Seattle Entertainment Guide Admiral Theater 2343 California Ave. S.W. 938-3456 Movie ... Chief Sealth pounds West Seattle in playoff tuneup By Tim Clinton SPORTS EDITOR What a way to tune up for the ... Amanda's View: Colosseum and memoriam By Amanda Knox Approaching Century Link Field in a throng of ... Police Blotter week of 5-8-17 Motorbike stolen from outdoor shed A man residing on the 8400 ... 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The schoolhouse is located at 9131 California Ave. S.W., right across from Fauntleroy Church and YMCA. You can join the Schoolhouse Facebook group @ Sign up on the website The event will run from 11:30AM to 3:00PM but please arrive early to be part of the group hug photo. History of the Fauntleroy School Fauntleroy Cove was named in 1857 by the leader of a U.S. Geodetic Survey party for his future father-in-law. When Seattle businessman John F. Adams bought land there in 1903, he called it Fauntleroy Park and platted it through his Fauntleroy Land Company. Among his earliest buyers were a group of friends who were members of the Plymouth Congregational Church in downtown Seattle. They first visited the area aboard Lawrence Colman’s yacht, and Colman himself purchased 17 acres for a summer home. This group forged a union between church and school that long shaped lives in the Fauntleroy community. Fauntleroy School began with grades 1–3 in one of Adams’s storerooms. The student body included children from neighboring areas of West Seattle. In February 1907 the area and school were annexed into Seattle. After the first building burned in 1911, the school was relocated in two portables on the south side of Fauntleroy Creek, on property also owned by Mr. Adams “east of 44th, and along what became Brace Drive SW.” This second Fauntleroy School, on the northeast corner of 45th Avenue SW and Wildwood Place opened in 1911 for grades 1–4, while older children continued to attend Gatewood. In April 1915, members of the community petitioned the school board to purchase a permanent site adjacent to the congregational Church that was erected on land donated by Adams. Their intent was to situate the school near a gymnasium that church leaders had encouraged the community to build on church grounds. Attendance at Fauntleroy School rose 43 percent in fall 1915 and, the following May, the board purchased property from Adams across California Avenue from the church and gym. Designed in the Jacobean style, the new school was smaller and more compact than other schools of that period. It opened in the middle of the year with the children from the portable school occupying just two rooms for the remainder of the year. Grades 4–7 were added in 1918–19 and the following year, with the addition of the 8th grade, Fauntleroy became an independent school. As enrollment grew during the 1920s, the district chose not to add to the site but instead to build a new E.C. Hughes between Fauntleroy and Gatewood In fall 1929, the 7th and 8th grades were transferred to James Madison Jr. High. This lowered enrollment at Fauntleroy to just 189, well below the minimum of 280 required for a principal. The school operated under a head teacher until enrollment grew to 311 in 1942–43 (when a portable was moved in from West Seattle High School), and the principal position was reinstated in fall 1943. “Some say [the] Fauntleroy [neighborhood]’s golden years were the 1950s, when its post war population swelled and its church, YMCA and schoolhouse became a type of institutional triumvirate for the community.” The postwar boom pushed Fauntleroy School’s enrollment back over 400. It opened in fall 1950 after being completely remodeled and with a new addition containing five classrooms, an auditorium- lunchroom, and a playroom. The new north and south wings were blended to match the exterior of the original structure. That same year Arbor Heights opened as a K–4 annex of Fauntleroy. By 1952, attendance at Fauntleroy had soared to 525. Off-site annexes were opened across the street at the Fauntleroy Congregational Church and the Fauntleroy Community Club, as the gymnasium was then called. These annexes were closed when four additional classrooms and a school gymnasium were opened in February 1953. In 1978–79, under the district’s desegregation plan, Fauntleroy formed a triad with Roxhill and Dunlap and changed from a K-6 to a K-3 configuration. Enrollment at Fauntleroy gradually declined from a high of 700 in 1954-55, about 400 in 1972-73, and 175 in 1980-81, its final year of operation [as a Seattle public school]. In October of 1981, the building was leased to the Fauntleroy Day Care Center Board, and re-opened. In 2010, the building was purchased from the Seattle School district by the Fauntleroy Children’s Center/Community Service Agency, re-purposing the building as a community center. We encourage our readers to comment. No registration is required. We ask that you keep your comments free of profanity and keep them civil. They are moderated and objectionable comments will be removed. View the discussion thread. 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