The following two articles from a June 1960 issue of the Knik Arm Courier relates efforts by the community to keep the kids entertained and out of trouble.
Representatives of 27 different organizations, from PTAs to church groups, formed Operation Chugiah High School (OCHS) for the purpose of lobbying the state Legislature. They were successful and in the fall of 1964, Chugiah High School, designed to hold 300 students, was opened. That same year the state also built Birchwood Elementary School, located adjacent to the high school, and in 1973 Homestead Elementary was built in Eagle River.
From a column in the Chugiak-Eagle River Star, July 29, 1976.
From a column in the Knik Arm Courier, Aug. 31, 1960.
From a column by editor Rusty Bellringer in the Knik Arm Courier, Aug. 17, 1960.
Reprinted with minor editing for clarification from the Aug. 16, 1967 issue of the Knik Arm Courier.
(1966 was a time prior to the city and borough combining into one large municipality extending from Girdwood to Eklutna. Articles in February 1966 issues of the Knik Arm Courier, which have been edited by the Chugiak-Eagle River Historical Society’s Memory Retrievers group, tell the story of one person’s effort to protect the Chugiak-Eagle River area during a major change in local government)
Taken from “History of Chugiak High School, 1964-1989,” complied by members of the faculty, student body and community.