Washington Junior High School is located on Lake avenue and Third street. It is one of the most modern high school buildings in the northwest. It is a block in length and has two large wings.
The Junior High School includes the seventh, eighth and ninth grades and offers a wide range of subjects. The course of study includes the academic subjects, English, history, mathematics, geography, French and Latin; the commercial subjects of bookkeeping, commercial arithmetic, stenography and typewriting; the art subjects of drawing, design, painting, lettering, art history, art appreciation, metalry, jewelry, pottery, basketry and weaving. Music is required in all grades. An orchestra of thirty pieces and boys’ and girls’ choruses have been organized.
The principal at the present time is Mr. A. M. Santee. He was born at Oswego, Kansas, and was the only son of six children. When about ten years of age his parents moved to Princeville, Illinois, where he attended the upper grades and high school. He is a graduate of the Illinois State Normal University, also of the University of Illinois, from which school he received the A. B. and A. M. degrees. For four years he was superintendent of public schools at Ipava, Illinois, and for six years superintendent at Virginia, Illinois. He then re-entered the University of Illinois in the graduate school and was elected assistant in the Department of Education. While there he became deeply interested in junior high school work, and out of this interest and his many qualifications followed his employment at Duluth.
The manual training shops are extensive and well equipped courses are offered in wood-working, wood-turning, pattern making, forge foundry, sheet metal, machine wood-working, machine shop, printing, electricity, mechanical drawing and automobile repairing. The Home Training department offers courses in physiology and home nursing, textiles, household management, dressmaking, foods and cookery, household science and millinery.
Pupils from Central High School who elect art, manual training or home training come to this building for their work in these subjects.
Some of the outstanding features of the Junior High School are departmental work, promotion by subjects, division of pupils into classes of about equal ability and opportunity for shop and home training work.