Parkland Old Timers Picnic – August 16

On Friday, August 16, 12 at noon, the  Parkland Old Timers Picnic will be held in Spanaway Park, Kitchen #1. That’s 14905 Gus G. Breeseman Rd. S., (Military Rd. and 152nd St) if you need to enter it in your GPS. DSC_4348

The Parkland Old Timers Picnic is a reunion for students of the old Parkland School.

This is a potluck, so bring your favorite hot dish, salad or dessert and table service. Coffee, tea cream and sugar will be furnished. Come and renew old friendships; you’ll be glad you came! Drive your old school car if you still l have it.

For further information call Gary Ellingson,  509-837-3344

This will be the last Parkland School picnic, so make every effort to be there. Someone neww might have to take o\ver doing the organizing for it to ccontinue.


The Parkland School was built In 1900.  It was its own School District, serving grades 1 to 9 until 1954. Students in higher grades attend Lincoln High School, which just celebrated its 100th anniversary this past weekend. In 1901, the Parkland School served 50 students and a third classroom was added in 1902.

From 1955 to 1982, Parkland Elementary served grades K-6 as part of the Franklin Pierce School District. The school was closed in 1982 and used for various social service offices. In 1990, the building was sold to Pacific Lutheran University.


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Kelly Johnson says:

    The Parkland School is entering a new chapter in its existence! On September 3, the beautiful old building will open as a learning institution one again, this time as Mount Rainier Lutheran High School. Some of our teachers attended elementary school at Parkland, and will be teaching in their old classrooms. We are so excited and feel so blessed to be part of the Parkland community. Please stop by our booth at the Garfield Street Fair and see what we’re all about.:)

    1. Thank you. We are hoping to do a story on this soon. Who owns it now, PLU or the Lutheran School?

      1. Kelly Johnson says:

        PLU still owns the building, MRLH is leasing it.

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