The first public school building in the Inland Empire was erected on East Sumach Street in Walla Walla in 1866. In 1883, that wooden, one-story building was replaced by Baker School, a much larger brick building named for local banker Dorsey S. Baker.
On Friday, July 24, an interpretive sign honoring the site of Baker School will be dedicated by Walla Walla 2020. The ceremony will begin with a talk at 2 pm in the Walla Walla Elks Lodge at Rose & Palouse, followed by a ribbon cutting for the new sign at the entrance to the Lariat Gardens housing complex on Sumach Street between Palouse & Spokane behind the Rose Street Safeway. A featured guest for the occasion will be Walla Walla’s first school teacher, Mrs. A.J. Miner, played by Barbara Daniel of the Fort Walla Walla Museum Living History Company.
More information on the Baker School and other Walla Walla area historic sites included in the Walla Walla 2020 Historic Sites & Markers Project is available at ww2020.net/historic-sites.