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The story of Grant Grade School begins in 1898 when the Spokane School Board decided that a new school was needed in the Liberty Park area.  It would be the 15th grade school to be built in Spokane.

On September 8, 1899, old Grant Grade School wasn’t ready for students, so they started the fall schedule at the old Lincoln Grade School near to where St. Luke’s Hospital is today at 5th and Cowley.  After the first week, on September 16th, Grades 1 - 5 walked from Lincoln Grade School to the new Grant Grade School at 10th and Ivory where only two rooms on the first floor were ready for 118 students, 50 and 68 in two rooms.  The basement was not finished yet.  On October 19, 1899, the Spokane School Board took bids to finish the two rooms in the basement.

1889 Original Building

1899 Original Building.
Original building had only one floor and partially finished basement.

First Addition to grant - 1906

1906
First Addition to Grant was the addition of a 2nd floor.

First Addition to grant - 1906

1910
Second Addition to Grant was the addition of a basement and
first and second floors on the west.


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1910

Notice the fire escapes that were later added to the east side of the building.

Wood Shop Portable

19??

The above picture is of a portable that the wood and metal shop was used for on the north side.  There was also a portable, also on the north side, for home economics.  These portables came in the early 1940’s.  In addition, there were two portables on the west side: one was used for movies, plays, square dancing, etc. and the second was a classroom.
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1952

Third Addition to Grant was the addition of a gymnasium, multipurpose room, kitchen, art room and offices on the south side with a hallway that connected this building to the Ivory Street entrance.   There were six classrooms added on the west side with a stairway that connected to the first floor of the old building.

Last Addition 1960

1960
The fourth (4) and last addition four (4) classrooms on the northeast side of the school.

Grant - 1980

1980
Final picture taken before the building was demolished.

Demolition

Demolition of Grant Grade School

2014-11-06