Did you know that B.F. Day Elementary School in Fremont is the oldest, continually operating school in Seattle? They are celebrating their 125th Anniversary this month!
B.F. Day opened on May 2nd, 1892 and has served the neighborhood ever since. The school was originally built to accommodate the growing number of children from railroad and lumber families coming to Fremont and Wallingford as the industries grew around Lake Union. The first year the school had 185 students in grades 1-6.
On Saturday May 20th, 2017 the school is open to the public from noon to five pm, for a free carnival style celebration of history and education. The event will be held at the school and is open to everyone from history buffs, to neighbors and alumni.
The Celebration will be an all-day event that will feature a theatrical performance by students, student dances, art work on display, historical tours of the building including a B. F. Day choir performance in the Fremont Power House (located below the school on Fremont), display of and voting on design of the new upper playground structure, a historical drama performance, food trucks, carnival games and performances by Caleb & Walter, Woody Frank and Eldridge Gravy and the Courtyard Supreme!
B.F. Day has a long and proud history of educating children in Seattle. We are the oldest, continually operating school in the city. Our building is a designated historic landmark having undergone state-of-the-art renovation in 1991. The largest rain garden in Seattle Public Schools was installed in the southeast side of the campus in 2009. The west side of our playground was remodeled in 2013. The front and north east side of our campus received a new “plaza” look with permeable pavers, native plantings, and cement seating with space for up to two classrooms in 2015.
This free and public event will be of epic proportions! Come celebrate this building’s rich history. Fun for the whole family.
-Seattle Public Schools Press Release