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Oroville Union High School
Built 1917

Oroville Union High School 1917

Oroville High School has one of the oldest buildings in the city. The original 3-story building was built in 1917. The cafeteria was in the basement and the gymnasium in the middle floor. Along with the cafeteria and the gymnasium was an auditorium with a theater. A shop class was inside the school, too. Although the building was big, the classes were small: 20 ft. by 20 ft. (6 m x 6 m) in dimension. Altogether, the school grounds covered about 16,000 square feet (4,900 sq. m).

Large groups of fold-out windows that extended from the floor to nearly the ceiling in the outer classrooms provided the ventilation needed to relieve the heat in late Spring and early Fall.

The building was torn down because of earthquake safety concerns. Now, the oldest school building is the gymnasium, which is now used as the cafeteria. Oroville High remains as the city's oldest school.