1869, the school system in Elgin was bursting at the seams. According to
the chairman of the Council's committee on schools, it was common for fifteen
hundred students to attend school in a building designed for eight
hundred. Charles F. Kimball, Elgin's first educator, was
recruited partly to rectify this problem. A church building was purchased in 1870
to serve as a new school and another small frame structure was established near
by. Elgin High School graduated its first class, three young ladies, in
June 27, 1872. Since that time, EHS can boast over 25,000 graduates.
new structures could not resolve the student overpopulation problem for
very long, for the second Elgin High School, shown above, was completed in April
of 1884. The new school could hold four hundred and fifty students and
cost over $25,000 to build. Proudly referred to as one of the finest
building of the kind in the northwest, Elgin High School can boast five navy admirals, a Nobel prize winning chemist and a chief executive of General Motors
among its alumni.