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Western Mennonite School (Salem, Or.) Academic Records


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Western Mennonite School (Salem, Or.) Academic Records, 1945-2000 | Pacific Northwest Mennonite Historical Society

By Margaret Shetler and John Gingerich

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Title: Western Mennonite School (Salem, Or.) Academic Records, 1945-2000Add to your cart.

ID: PNO/IV-1.1.2

Primary Creator: Western Mennonite School (Salem, Or.)

Extent: 2.0 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Flat

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

A collection of documents related to the Academic operations at Western Mennonite School including principal's reporta and correspondence, enrollment reports, faculty memos, finances, handbooks, student aid and evaluation.

Biographical Note

Western Mennonite School is a standard high school committed to the cause of training the youth of the Pacific Coast Conference (MennoniteChurch). A Committee appointed by the Conference in 1944 and composed of Milton R. Martin, Marcus Lind, and Gabriel D. Shenk, proposed that the Conference take necessary steps for opening and operating such a school. This proposal was accepted by Conference 21-22 June 1945. At this same time, Oregon passed the School Attendance Law that raised compul­sory school age to sixteen, a circumstance that cre­ated much pressure in favor of a church high school. In September 1945 classes were held in the Bellevue school building located between Sheridan and McMinnville, Oregon. In the second year school opened on the permanent campus located 10 miles north of Salem on the Wallace Road, Route 221. F. J. Gingerich of Canby, Oregon, was the first presi­dent of the school board, serving for six years. He donated 12 acres of land that comprise the immediate campus. Later the board purchased an additional 32 acres. Marcus Lind of Salem, Oregon, served as its first principal 1945-52, followed by Clayton Swartzentruber 1952-57, C. J. Ramer 1957-58, and E. L. Keen­er 1958-59. In the late 1950s the physical plant included an administration building with classrooms, boys' dormitory, dining hall, and chapel; girls' dormitory; auditorium-gymnasium; industrial arts building; and a new administration building. The enrollment in 1959-60 was 129, with Paul E. Yoder as principal. Address: 9045 Wallace Road NW, Salem, Oregon 97304; Phone: 503-363-2000; Fax: 503-370-9455.

Additional Information  School web site:

Swartzentruber, Clayton. "Western Mennonite School (Salem, Oregon, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 12 October 2012.</span>

Administrative Information

Repository: Pacific Northwest Mennonite Historical Society

Alternate Extent Statement: 4 archives boxes

Access Restrictions: These records are open for public research.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Box:

[Box 1: Miscellaneous, 1947-1970],
[Box 2: Miscellaneous, 1945-1962],
[Box 3: Miscellaneous, 1962-1974],
[Box 4: Miscellaneous, 1952-2000],
[Box 5: Church History Class, 1972-1973],

Box 4: Miscellaneous, 1952-2000Add to your cart.
Folder 1: School year, 1974-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Principal’s reports; miscellaneous, 1975-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Principal’s reports; miscellaneous, 1976-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 4: School year, 1977-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Faculty Handbook; Guidelines for senior class sponsors and others, 1978-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Student aid plan for college expensesAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Papers by Glen Roth:Add to your cart.

1) Themes from Anabaptist/Mennonite theology with applications for Mennonite high schools, December 14, 1978;

2) Evaluation/action instrument based upon Anabaptist/Mennonite themes, draft 8

Folder 8: 1979-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 9: 1980-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Athletic Handbook by Allan J. Yoder (1)Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Athletic Handbook by Allan J. Yoder (2)Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Information from Oregon State System of Higher Education regarding Teacher Education Programs, October 22, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Evaluation for accreditationAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: War tax materialsAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: School year, 1987-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Programs, including commencement programs:Add to your cart.

Commencement programs: 1952, 1953, 1954, 1957, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1983

Parent/Teacher Fellowship:  1959, 1960, 1962

Choir tours: 1951/1952 (?), 1953 (?) 1965, 1986, 1988, 1992

Ministers’ week; Bible conferences and others (early years}

Other music programs

School plays

Folder 17: Miscellaneous articles for the Missionary EvangelAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: School year, 1988-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Miscellaneous, 1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Jubilee celebration, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Prayer calendars, etc., 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Parochial school programs, winter Bible schools, etc.Add to your cart.
Folder 23: School Year, 1993-1994Add to your cart.

Browse by Box:

[Box 1: Miscellaneous, 1947-1970],
[Box 2: Miscellaneous, 1945-1962],
[Box 3: Miscellaneous, 1962-1974],
[Box 4: Miscellaneous, 1952-2000],
[Box 5: Church History Class, 1972-1973],

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