UTAH'S DIXIE HISTORICAL SITES
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Where is it?
The Woodward School building stands in its original location at 15 South 100 West, St. George, Utah, within the historic district of the city.
The City of St. George was designated the Tenth School District in the State of Utah. On April 10, 1897, a meeting of tax payers was held at the county court house for the purpose of voting on the question of levying a special school tax to be used for the erection and furnishing of a school building for the tenth district. On April 19, an 18-mill tax was approved by voters, and, along with a 2-mill tax that had been levied the year before, a maximum levy of two percent was approved.
On May 3, 1897, the St. George City Council passed a resolution authorizing the Mayor, Edmund M. Brown, to issue a deed to the school district on the condition that the school board of the tenth district construct a school building on the site within five years. Lots 4 and 5 of block 16, plot A of the St. George survey were set aside for the school building.
The building was completed in 1901 and name for George Woodward, a local citizen who had contributed much time as well as a $3600 donation to the project. He also paid for the heating plant and a piano. Unfortunately, no water system existed to accommodate flush toilets, but the building consisted of twelve classrooms, a sixteen-foot hall on each of the two stories, and office space at the west end of the second floor. No building of that size had been constructed during the previous forty years of the existence of St. George.
The Woodward School symbolized the end of a period of “inadequacy” and the beginning of an era of educational expansion. Construction of the building was a giant step forward for education in the Dixie Cotton Mission, even though it offered only two years of high school, not enough education to allow students to be designated as high school graduates.
Written by R. Wayne Pace, 20 February 2004. Source: Edna J. Gregerson. 1993. Dixie College: Monument to the Industry of a Dedicated People: The Evolution of Dixie College as a Public Institution of Higher Education in Utah from 1871 to 1935. Salt Lake City, Utah: Franklin Quest Co., pp. 33-37.
|Note: I graduated from the "Woodward High School in the 10 grade and went on to Dixie Jr. College-(Lower Division) for my 11th and 12th grades - Webmaster|