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Horizon View Elementary School:
A Brief History


Introduction

This is a brief history of Horizon View Elementary School because Horizon View only had a brief history. It was open for only 14 years, from the 1968-69 school year through the 1981-82 school year.


The Beginnings

Outline / Elements
- description of how the district decided to build a new school,
- choice and acquisition of the property (1963-64 district map showed location of planned N.E. elementary school),
- process for planning, building, naming, etc.

Given that the 1963-64 Shoreline School District map included, as a future school, the “Northeast Elementary School” in the eventual location of Horizon View, it appears that the District acquired the property and began preliminary planning several years before the school was actually designed and built.

The building was designed by the Seattle architectural firm of Sullam & Aehle.

At one point, the design involved a two story building, with 12 classrooms on the top floor, and with the bottom floor remaining unfinished and reserved for future needs.

The building was scheduled to be completed in 1969 – originally just in time for the 1969-70 school year, but later moved up to midway through the 1968-69 school year.

This mid-year completion was tied to earlier construction of a new addition to the Lake Forest Park Elementary School. The Lake Forest Park expansion would be completed in late 1967 or early 1968. For the 1968-69 school year, the Lake Forest Park students would be housed in the new addition, while the Horizon View students would be housed in the original Lake Forest Park buildings. When the Horizon View building was completed, the Horizon View students would move into the new building, and the original Lake Forest Park buildings would be demolished.

Sources
- shoreline school board minutes
- architects rendering (copy in archives at Shoreline Historical Museum)
- any information that can be obtained from architect, school district, or LFP


The Building

Outline / Elements
- description of the building and grounds of the school

Sources
- blueprints, floor plans etc. if can get from LFP or the architect

The architecture of the building was not particularly attractive, but it was functional. The main building was a single story, square structure with 12 classrooms around the perimeter, and the library in the middle.

Off to the side of the main building was another large structure, which contained the gym and the lunchroom. The side of the lunchroom contained a stage, and the wall between the gym and the lunchroom could retract, to create a large space that was used for school assemblies, plays, band performances, etc.

During the years I attended (and perhaps before), there were also two smaller buildings (portables) situated on the hill in front of the school. One contained the administrative offices (the principal's office, the nurse, and the school secretary), and the other was used for music classes.


Opening

Outline / Elements
- drawing the lines and from which other schools did HV draw
- final arrangements for the opening
- furnishing the building
- any opening ceremonies
- etc.


At the March 17, 1969 meeting of the School Board, a recommendation was made to move the Horizon View equipment to the new building during the Easter vacation. The students would then resume the school year in the new location on April 7, 1969.


Sources
- interviews with James Lockhart, any other staff from the first year
- shoreline school board minutes


The Early Years (1968-1971)

- the first four or five years (notable events, staff profiles, student remembrances, etc.)

Prior to being named Horizon View’s first principal, James Lockhart served as Assistant Principal at Lake Forest Part Elementary School.

The Middle Years (1971-1974)

- the second four or five years (notable events, staff profiles, student remembrances, etc.)
- the 1971 district levy failures and the resulting


The Ruud Years (1974-1978)

The Later Years (1978-1982)

- the last four or five years (notable events, staff profiles, student remembrances, etc.)
- profile of Nancy McMann


Closing

description of the demographic changes in the district that led to the closing,
the decision to close HV as opposed to other schools,
planning and transitioning kids to other schools, etc.


After the Closing of Horizon View

After closing, the building was sold to the Resource Center for the Handicapped. In 1996, it was purchased by the City of Lake Forest Park for $1,800,000 to be used as an interim city hall.  When the city later decided to build a new city hall at Lake Forest Park Towne Center, they put the Horizon View property up for sale.  In 2002, the Onnuri Church offered $2,548,000 for the property, and an agreement was signed, which included several conditions.  Those conditions were met, and the sale was completed in early 2003.