C. R. Anderson School
Orginally named the West Side School

1960 to the Present



FROM THE 1965 LAST CHANCE STAMPEDE PROGRAM • COURTESY OF KITTY ANN QUIGLEY TAALER

Early view of the West Side School, NW corner of Knight & Cleveland. Constructed from 1958-1960, it was renamed in 1961 for C. R. Anderson, a noted Helena educator. The first Principal of the school was Howard W. Jacobson, a post he held until 1968.

Several additions have been made to the building over the years. In July of 2005, an earthquake caused moderate damage to a section of wall on the 1965 west addition, delaying the opening of school for several weeks.

Your editor attended C. R. Anderson from 1962-1965. The culture then (apparently officially sanctioned) was one of oppression and violence. Corporal punishment, humiliation and degradation of 7th and 8th grade male students was commonplace. It was my first encounter with teachers who had no business being in education; I couldn't wait to get out of this school.