Jore School

Unlike the rest of the campus buildings the schoolhouse you see before you was never intended to be part of a college campus. Instead this building was created to teach the children of another community a few hours north of here.

Built in 1905 this one room schoolhouse is the oldest building on campus (although not erected on campus). It served the children of the community of Jore, another pioneering community that unlike Cheney is no longer in existence. The site of this community lies about five miles west of Newport, Washington (about an hour and a half north of here) and the Jore School was in use for 24 years before it was abandoned in 1924.

After being abandoned for nearly a century the abandoned schoolhouse was rediscovered by a college faculty member (Professor Miller) in 2000. Professor Miller decided to bring the school to Eastern Washington University and the schoolhouse was prepared for transport. The roof was disassembled and the foundation was replaced by wheels. Once the school house was reassembled and restored it was renamed the Cheney Normal School Heritage Center and stands today as a tribute to the colleges history of training teachers for the rural schools of Eastern Washington.

Images

Cheney Normal School Heritage Center today

Cheney Normal School Heritage Center today

Color photo of the Cheney Normal School Heritage Center, formerly the Jore School, today. | Creator: Dr. Charles V. Mutschler View File Details Page

Art Class, Cheney State Normal School

Art Class, Cheney State Normal School

Black and white photo of an art class held at the Cheney State Normal School. The original image has been retouched possibly for publication. | Creator: Archives and Special Collections, Eastern Washington University Libraries View File Details Page

Faculty, Cheney State Normal School 1918

Faculty, Cheney State Normal School 1918

Black and white photo of the faculty of the Cheney State Normal School taken at the steps of Showalter Hall in 1918. | Creator: Archives and Special Collections, Eastern Washington University Libraries View File Details Page

Jore School Original Location

Jore School Original Location

Rare image of the Jore School in its original location scanned from the 1917 Kinnikinnick, the at the time school yearbook for EWU. | Creator: Archives and Special Collections, Eastern Washington University Libraries View File Details Page

Faculty, Cheney State Normal School 1910

Faculty, Cheney State Normal School 1910

Black and white photo of the faculty of the Cheney State Normal School taken at the steps of the original Normal School Building in 1910, prior to the destruction of the building in the 1912 fire. | Creator: Archives and Special Collections, Eastern Washington University Libraries View File Details Page

Class of 1913 attends the 1963 homecoming

Class of 1913 attends the 1963 homecoming

Alumni of the Cheney State Normal School class of 1913 attend the colleges 1963 homecoming on the fiftieth anniversary of their own graduation. | Creator: Archives & Special Collections, Eastern Washington University Libraries View File Details Page

Cheney Normal School Heritage Center today

Cheney Normal School Heritage Center today

Color photo of the Cheney Normal School Heritage Center, formerly the Jore School, today. | Creator: Dr. Charles V. Mutschler View File Details Page

Audio

Branching Out

A brief history of the initial expansion of Eastern Washington University beyond the boundaries of a Normal School. Talks about the expansion of academic programs and the physical expansion of the college. | Creator: John Moudy View File Details Page

Cite this Page:

John Moudy, “Jore School,” Spokane Historical, accessed April 28, 2017, http://spokanehistorical.org/items/show/60.
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