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Portables, seen at left, extend from the current Walla Walla High School as a temporary answer to the school's growth.

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History of Wa-Hi's growing pains

Building and upgrading a high school for local students have been mired in periods of controversy from when their foundations were laid the year of statehood. “Walla Walla High School was begun in 1889 over the protests of numerous citizens,” according to a history published by Wa-Hi students in the mid-1970s. The issue was settled when a local judge decided the community could establish a Department of Secondary Education. Twelve teens met three times a day at a local grade school to study three subjects.

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