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Crooked River Elementary School was built in 1938, burned and was rebuilt in 1939

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 - Crooked River Elementary School is a fixture on Third Street to this day, now serving a variety of school district purposes.

The original Crooked River Elementary school is in Prineville between Third and First streets. The site was originally the location of Crook County High School and Prineville Grade School. A three-story brick structure was built for the high school in 1904 and a two-story brick structure was built for Prineville Grade School in 1911.

The old high school and grade school were removed in 1937 and new structures were built. When the new grade school was completed in 1938, it operated only a short while and burned down in April 1939. Construction of the rebuilt elementary school building was completed on the same site that burned and classes were first held in September 1939. The new school was named for Crooked River, the main waterway in the Prineville Valley. A new high school along Third Street was completed in 1938

A gymnasium had been built in 1932 prior to the construction of the new buildings. The high school building was used until 1950 when a new high school was built on Knowledge Street. The old high school became a junior high until 1965 when a new junior high school was built in southeast Prineville. Then all of the structures at this school location became Crooked River Elementary School.

The old high school building was utilized for intermediate grades 3 thru 5. The southern building on the campus was utilized for grades kindergarten thru second grade. A new bond measure to construct a new elementary school on the old John Hudspeth Ranch at the Iron Horse housing development was approved and a new elementary school known as Barnes Butte Elementary School was completed in 2015.

The new school was built with the intent of replacing Ochoco Elementary and Crooked River Elementary. Ochoco School was closed in the spring of 2015 and some students began attending the Barnes Butte school in the fall of 2015. Crooked River Elementary students were scheduled to transition to the Barnes Butte School and the former Cecil Sly School in the 2016 school year.

The site of the former Prineville Junior High School in southeast Prineville was renamed as Cecil Sly Elementary School. The school was named for long time school superintendent, Cecil Sly. When Crooked River Elementary School was transitioned to other schools the school board decided to rename the Cecil Sly Elementary School as Crooked River Elementary School.

Today, the original Crooked River Elementary School has been refurbished and is being utilized for other educational uses.


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