Centennial celebration announced for Alki Elementary School

February 11, 2013 at 9:16 am | In West Seattle history, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 10 Comments

(From Southwest Seattle Historical Society collection: Alki Elementary School 5th graders line up for a group photo in May 1928)
Big birthday ahead for Alki Elementary – and all of its alums (along with the rest of the community) are invited to the party. Here’s the official announcement:

Calling everyone who has ever attended Alki Elementary School: Mark your calendars to come celebrate the school’s 100th birthday on March 28.

The Alki PTA and the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, co-sponsors of the celebration, are planning a slate of activities to engage students and community members of all ages.

“This will be an exciting event, with activities for the youngest of today’s Alki students, for those who attended Alki many decades ago and for everyone in between,” says Amy Bannister, who chairs the event for Alki PTA.

The party will kick off with a group photo to be taken at 5 pm outside the school. The photo will be made available widely online in the days following the event.

“It may take a few minutes to arrange everyone for the photo,” says Alan Peterson, board member at the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, “so we urge anyone who wants to be a part of this landmark image to arrive at 5 p.m. sharp.”

Once the photo is taken (as well as separate photos by decade), the celebration moves indoors and starts at 6 p.m. It will include a program with several speakers, a wide-ranging audio-visual show of images from the school’s history, activities for children and an area where attendees can display (and donate) school-related artifacts and have their Alki-related stories captured on video.

Of course, the event will feature party-style refreshments, including a sheet cake or two denoting the centennial.

Everyone attending the event will receive a memento of the occasion.

For more information on the Alki Elementary School Centennial Celebration, see the Facebook event page and the website of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.

10 Comments

  1. That photo can’t be from 1958. Did you mean to write 1928?

    Comment by Noelle — 9:21 am February 11, 2013 #

  2. Fixing (and happy that as of Friday my badly needed new glasses are on the way) …

    Comment by WSB — 9:25 am February 11, 2013 #

  3. Nice, it looked dicey for awhile that the school would be open to see its 100th. I went to this school back in the early 90′s and have some fond memories.

    Comment by Brandon — 10:19 am February 11, 2013 #

  4. How exciting – I was at Alki from 1957-1964 and my mother worked there from 1964-1975 (?) – I will try to find the pictures I have from the 1965 earthquake damage!

    Comment by Patricia — 10:34 am February 11, 2013 #

  5. I’ve a 1950 West Seattle High School High yearbook if anyone is interested.

    Comment by rick — 11:08 am February 11, 2013 #

  6. Patricia: Please do dig up any photos, especially from the 1965 quake. We would love to include scans of the photos in a looping PowerPoint presentation. Hope you can stop in during the open hours of our Log House Museum of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society (just a few blocks from the school), noon to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. And of course, former staff are welcome to attend — and be part of the group photo! –Clay Eals

    Comment by Clay Eals — 11:41 am February 11, 2013 #

  7. I’d love to have any pictures or memories of Alki. I’m chairing the event and want to include as much history of Alki Elementary as possible. Please send any pictures, etc., to me at wesandamy@comcast.net.

    Comment by Amy — 12:10 pm February 11, 2013 #

  8. Clay/Amy – I will see what I can find this week and come by the LHM this week end with photos!
    I still see Skip Kulle, who was my 6th grade teacher so I will try to contact him as well. Also, Dorene Gilbert (my third grade teach still lives in WS as well)
    ~Patricia

    Comment by Patricia — 1:12 pm February 11, 2013 #

  9. Alki alum from 1959 to 1966 — will definitely be there. Would love to see Skip Kulle – BEST TEACHER EVER!!

    Comment by Judy — 2:41 pm February 11, 2013 #

  10. I remember playing dodgeball with Kulle, the guy could throw the ball so hard it would blow you over. It was great ! go to the side line and wait for the next game to start and try to get him back (never worked). Still laugh today thinking about it. Great softball player also hitting the ball to the far end of the field or street. Many great memories going to Alki.

    Comment by wetone — 11:32 am February 12, 2013 #

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