Old Waterman School celebrates 100th anniversaryJune 21st, 2012 by Chris Henry
Centennials … there’s a lot of that going around. On Sunday, the Kitsap Sun will run an article on Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church’s 100th anniversary.
Also turning 100 is the Old Waterman School, a single-story, one-room schoolhouse where scores of South Kitsap students expanded their minds through 1946, when the school closed. Since then, the Associated Clubs of Waterman have maintained the building for weddings, parties and other private events.
“It’s a wonderful old building. We try to keep it preserved,” said Janet Hane, club member.
The whitewashed schoolhouse on Hillcrest Road became a school in 1912, when rural one-room schoolhouses were the norm. Waterman School District #37 was later acquired by South Kitsap School District, and the school eventually was shuttered with the construction of larger, centrally located schools.
The building sat empty until some “old time Swedish settlers” bought it from the school district for $1 to preserve the schoolhouse for community use, Hane said. The “clubs” in Associated Clubs of Waterman refers to dance groups and other activity groups that met at the schoolhouse, as well as a former port district and something called the Good Roads Committee.
Today there are only about 30 members of the association left to carry the torch. Some, in their 80s, were once students at the school.
To celebrate the school’s 100th anniversary, the association will offer free root beer floats from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the school, 5785 Hillcrest Road E.
“Maybe we’ll get some new members,” Hane said hopefully.
Annual dues for the association are a whopping $5.