Background Information

The number of school districts in Cowlitz County has changed considerably over the years. The "History of Cowlitz County, Washington" (Ott and York, p. 19) gives a feel for this evolution:

In 1873, there were 19 school districts, namely: Carrolton, Castle Rock, Cedar Creek, Chelachie, Coweeman, Freeport, Kalama, Lancaster, Lexington, Martin's Bluff, Monticello, Mr. Coffin (Fowler's), Oak Point, Pekin, Pumphrey, Rock Point, Shanghai, Silver Lake and Summit.

By 1876, there were 20 school districts. By 1890, there were 40, and at its peak in 1912-1913, there were 64! Soon after, however, many of these districts consolidated, with the larger ones including Castle Rock and Woodland. Here is a list of school districs that operated during in the 1915-1916 school year.

By 1978, there were only seven - Carrolls, Castle Rock, Kalama, Kelso, Longview, Toutle Lake and Woodland. Today, there are six districts within Cowlitz Co. (Castle Rock, Kalama, Kelso, Longview, Toutle Lake and Woodland), and one (Green Mountain School District) along the Cowlitz - Clark Co. border.

A map of Cowlitz Co. school districts and other information can be found on the Educational Service District #112 website.

Accredited High Schools, 1913

Source: Babcock, Kendric Charles. "Accredited Secondary Schools in the United States." United States Bureau of Education Bulletin. No. 29, 1913. pp. 61-62.

Giving location, name of institution, and principal"


(Accredited by the University of Washington, April, 1913)

Castle Rock: High School - J. H. Rumabugh
Kelso: High School [no principal listed]

Colleges and Universities

Private Schools

Journey Christian School
(formerly Kelso-Longview Adventist School)
96 Garden Street
Kelso, WA 98626
(360) 423-9250

St. Rose Catholic School
727 25th
Longview, WA 98632
(360) 577-6760

Three Rivers Christian School

Public Schools

Castle Rock School District #401
700 Huntington Avenue S.
Castle Rock, WA 98611
(360) 274-8311

Green Mountain School District #103
13105 NE Grinnel Road
Woodland, WA 98674
(360) 225-7366

Kalama School District #402
548 China Garden Road
Kalama, WA 98625-9746
(360) 673-5225

Kelso School District #458
601 Crawford Street
Kelso, WA 98626
(360) 577-2400

Longview School District #122
2715 Lilac Street
Longview, WA 98632
(360) 577-2700

Toutle Lake School District #130
5050 Spirit Lake Highway
Toutle, WA 98649 (360) 274-6182

Woodland School District #404
800 Third Street
PO Box 370
Woodland, WA 98674-0370
(360) 225-9451

Public Schools (historic)

Little Mountain Public School, District #78