Fort Vancouver Tapestry

52. Schools

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Sponsored by: John & Mary Jo Morse
Due to the shipyard buildup during WW II, schools were overcrowded beyond all limits with an increase of enrollment of over 400%. There were double shifts of classes with children going to school far into the night while their parents worked. Paul Gaiser was hired as a high school principal in 1931. Three years later he would become Superintendent of Schools and would hold that post for the next 18 years.  He was appointed President of Clark Junior College in 1945 and for the next seven years he served as both district superintendent and college president. The top border shows crossing flags and the ever popular coloring crayons, along with an “exercise in writing” many of us had to perform on a regular basis.