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About WFES

Local farmers helped dig the original site by using horse drawn scoops back in 1925. It was called the West Friendship Consolidated High School and it united several local one-room schoolhouses into one building servicing grades 1 - 9. The school was two stories high and had six classrooms with a center hall running down the middle of each floor. In 1928, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grades were added. The first graduation class of 1930 consisted of thirteen students.

There were a total of one hundred students who attended the original school in 1925 and the first principal was a full time teacher. He often had to do triple duty by substituting for another teacher who was sick, as well as carry on his normal job requirements. If a teacher were absent from one of the lower grades, an older student would sometimes take charge. In order to qualify as a teacher, one could begin teaching immediately after high school at the age of seventeen or eighteen. That meant that teachers were often only a year or two older than some of their students. There were no vice principals until the 1930's. 

Children often walked to school, were driven to school, or used a Huckster Bus for transportation. Huckster buses were vegetable and produce trucks with open sides. Each bus held 20 to 25 children and parents had to pay two dollars for the service. In 1928, Howard County offered bus service for its students. Lunches were not provided, so children brought a lunch, went home to eat, or went to Amos’s house next door where they could buy lunch for 15 to 20 cents.

The West Friendship area grew and grew over the next few decades and the school became an elementary school, housing grades one through seven. The school underwent renovations in 1950, 1962, 1971, 1978, 2002, and 2003. In 2002, West Friendship became a regional center for an Academic Life Skills program that serves students with multiple needs. Intensive instruction in the areas of functional academics, personal management, community living, communication, and interpersonal skills are emphasized in this wonderful program. In 2006, we began our first year with full-day kindergarten.  WFES is a certified Green School and a Healthy Howard School.  We won the Innovation Award for the Healthy Howard Schools initiative with our Waste Free Lunch program in 2009.  In July of 2010, we were awarded the Silver Award for our PBIS program.

Last Modified: Jul 27, 2010
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