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Dateline Wausau: New Everest high school ready to open in 1970

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1970: New Everest high school opens its doors

"The new D.C. Everest High School will admit its first students Friday," reported the Wednesday, Sept. 9, 1970, Wausau Daily Record-Herald in a story about the previous evening's meeting of the Rothschild-Schofield Board of Education.

Freshmen and sophomores would report Friday, Sept. 11, juniors and seniors on the following Monday, and the full schedule would commence that Tuesday, the newspaper reported.

The building cost about $4.3 million, some of which came from donations, according to information at the school's website, www.dce.k12.wi.us/districtinfo/. Taxpayers in 1968 had approved spending $4 million on the building.

Although students began attending classes in September 1970, the auditorium and gymnasium were not yet finished. Admininistrators told the school board they expected some glitches as the building was put to use, particularly in the cafeteria and music department, according to the newspaper report. The auditorium would be finished in "a couple of months" and the gym in February.

The board authorized seeding the lawns that fall "to minimize dirt in the building," the paper reported.

Information on the school website said the building officially was dedicated a year after it opened, on Sept. 20, 1971. School enrollment had grown to 1,325 in grades nine to 12. The building since has been expanded multiple times and now houses between 1,250 and 1,300 students in grades 10 to 12.

The district opened its first senior high in 1953, with 338 students in four grades, after consolidation of schools in Rothschild, Schofield and surrounding areas. It was named after David Clark Everest, who was president and general manager of Marathon Paper and who greatly influenced business, education and community life in the area.

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