Chugiak has largest enrollment in state

Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 11:17


From the Knik Arm Courier, Aug. 24, 1960:


This year, Chugiak has the honor of having the largest enrollment of any state operated school, exclusive of those on military bases.

According to an estimate from the Department of Education, Chugiak will have an enrollment of 576 pupils. This figure is not based on the recent school census, the figures of which have not yet been compiled.

This year, Chugiak will have 23 teachers, 10 of whom will be new. Returning to teach this year are: Mrs. Beverly Emmons, Mrs. Irene Emmert, Mrs. Dorothy Thompson, Mrs. Theo Knight, Mrs. Evelyn Veach, Mrs. Zona Dahlmann (formerly Miss Miles), Mrs. Elaine Aske (formerly Miss Eggleston), Mrs. Carol Connell (formerly Miss Witherell), Mr. Bucky Morse, Mr. Robert Veach, Mr. Roy Pierce and Mr. Howard D’Spain.

New teachers to the system: Miss Natalie Haskell, of Maine, (music and physical education), Mrs. Doris Larson, of Anchorage, Mr. Paul Kerr, of Sterling, Mr. Seymour Liebowitz, of Hollis, Miss Daisy Tunnell, of Yakutat, Miss Gladys Sprague, of California, Mr. Albert Watkins, of Ewok, Mrs. Dorothy Erickson (taught last year on Ft. Rich) and Mrs. Irene Hildeman, of Chugiak.

By contrast with Chugiak, which has the largest enrollment in the state, is the school of Gildersleeve near Ketchikan, which has only eight pupils and one teacher.


This column is produced by the Chugiak-Eagle River Historical Society. Reach them at [email protected] or leave a message at 688-4706. 

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