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Campus School

2007 Reunion

Campus School '07 artworkAs a Campus School or Normal Training School alum, parent, professor, or student-teacher, you are part of a unique historical community in Whatcom County. In recognition of that experience, Woodring College initiated a huge celebration to mark the 40th anniversary of the closing of the school.

The event was part of a four-month long focus on the Campus School at the Whatcom Museum of History & Art. This opportunity provided a treasured time to share memories, rekindle friendships, view an impressive exhibit of memorabilia, and tour Miller Hall before the major renovation in 2009. The 2007 event was organized by: Woodring College of Education, WWU Special Libraries, and the Whatcom Museum of History & Art.

To add names to Campus School mailing list, call (360) 650-3193 or email Tamara Belts.

WWU's Alumni Association is the contact for future reunions. Please contact Susan Bakse for more information at (360) 650-7283.


Legacy Scholarship

5th graders eating lunch in 1954, Courtesy Gwinn Dunham Collection of Special Collections, WWU LibrariesFrom its first day in 1899 until its last in 1967, the Campus School at Western Washington University provided a unique environment for learning by students and student-teachers alike, serving as a laboratory for innovative curriculum, teaching practice, and teacher training. Here, students engaged in and teachers applied the latest methodologies, including project and inquiry-based learning as well as the newest ideas of the progressive education movement begun by John Dewey.

Generations of teachers and alumni, including many citizens of our city and region, attest to its powerful influence on their professional and personal lives.


The 1993 Campus School All-Class Reunion raised $14,200 for the carillon bells in Miller Hall, home to Campus School from 1943-1967.

The bells still chime!Miss Priscilla Kinsman, A favorite teacher

The 2007 Campus School Reunion Committee noted that 40 years have passed since the Campus School closed.

Very few people other than alumni know anything about it. The committee decided to keep its remarkable legacy alive by establishing the Campus School Legacy Scholarship.


A goal was set for $35,000 to fully endow the scholarship, which will generate an annual award to cover most of one quarter's tuition and fees for a student during their internship, when they need financial assistance the most.

Thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends, the original goal has been met! Additional contributions ensure that the annual award is available to meet the rising costs of tuition.

Thank you to the Campus School Legacy Scholarship Committee and Volunteers: Harte Bressler, Paul and Ann Hanson, Mary King, Norma Miller, Bob and Marilyn Monahan, Curt Smith, Pat Spratlen, June Hardin Thomas.