Pictures showcase Technical High School’s first decade of existence.
St. Cloud’s school district was established in 1858. The first school was Everett School, estimated to be between Fourth and Third Avenue South and Seventh and Eighth Street South, according to “A Century of Progress: A History of the St. Cloud, Minnesota Public Schools” published in 1958 by former teacher Gertrude B. Gove.
The first school funded by tax dollars was Union Public School, which opened in 1870 on the land south of present-day City Hall.
“This was a brick structure with its entrance on the Fourth Avenue side, about 75 feet square, two stories high, with four rooms on each floor,” documents state. The public voted to add two wings to Union Public School in 1898 to accommodate a growing number of students.