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Columbia City High School
Alumni Association

1600 S. State Rd. 9
Columbia City, Indiana 46725


History of Columbia City High School

Columbia City High School is 124 years old in 2005 and every year has been alive with education, people and change. Before today's blue jeans and t-shirts, CCHS saw long skirts and bustles; crinolines, pony tails, and saddle shoes; and mini-skirts and go-go boots. It has taught readin' and writin' as well as computer science and driver training. Discipline began with the willow stick and evolved to psychology and suspensions.

Organized in 1877 by W. C. Barnhart, CCHS first held school in 1880 in the first West Ward building, erected in 1869 one-half block north of West Van Buren Street between Elm and Walnut streets.  Mr. Barnhart was superintendent and J. E. McDonald was its principal. The two students in this class were awarded diplomas in 1881, those being Miss Nathalie (Mason) Mullon and David S. Linvill, who became one of the town's leading physicians.  This building was demolished and in 1905 a new high school was erected on the site.

 Until 1909 the faculty consisted of a principal and five assistants. In the beginning CCHS taught the studies required for a four year course but later introduced new ones. By 1909 the school had 225 students enrolled and subjects included Latin (elementary Latin, Caesar, Cicero and Virgil), history (Ancient, Modern, English and U.S.), English (rhetoric, literature, word-study, grammar and composition), mathematics (algebra, plane & solid geometry and arithmetic), science (botany, physics, zoology, commercial & physical geography), music, physiology and civics.

Trivia Question:  What year was the school yearbook first published?    Answer & More History

2005 Columbia City High School Alumni Association          This page last updated 10/29/2020