“W. H. Sommers writes from El Cajon that the Cowles School took possession of the elegant new school house on Monday morning of this week.
It is doubtful if there is any building of the kind in the county provided with more conveniences. In the first place the furniture and school apparatus is of the very best. Then it is provided with a good well, wind mill and a large tank from which water is piped into the cloak room, where there is a wash bowl placed upon a neat marble slab.
On Arbor Day the children will plant trees upon the acre and a half of ground embraced in the school block. The intention is to irrigate the trees and shrubbery and make the grounds as handsome as good taste and care can make them. The lot is, of course, to be neatly fenced.
A nice bell of fine tone is one of the features of interest, which every school should possess.
This elegant little building will be dedicated with appropriate exercises on Friday evening, December 11 . The entertainment will consist of recitations, music and short addresses. At the close of the school exercises a lunch will be served, after which the young people will spend a few hours on the always popular amusement of dancing.”
– San Diego Union, San Diego, CA Thursday, December 17, 1891
– Story researched by Carole Delozier