Quillyute Tribe Gets $44.1M For New School

The Quileute Tribe has received $44.1 million in federal funding for its Move  to higher ground Project.

The money was announced Tuesday by  the Bureau of Indian Affairs. It will go towards\ designing and building a new school on a 61,000-square-foot campus about 250 feet above sea level.

      Wed Oct 10 News

Moving the Quileute Tribal School from the tsunami zone in La Push to a safer location has long been a priority for the tribe.

The new school for the tribe’s 79 kindergarten- to 12th-grade students will be built in a recently-harvested forest area between the A-Ka-Lat Center and the Third Beach trailhead on the west side of La Push Road.

The new campus is about 2 miles southwest of the existing Quileute Tribal School, which was built in 1992 about 20 feet above sea level and within earshot of crashing waves.

The new Quileute Tribal School will have athletic fields, a regulation-sized gymnasium, cafeteria, music room, performing arts stage and dedicated space for language and cultural classes and vocational programming, tribal officials have said.

Quileute Tribal School Superintendent Mark Jacobson has said he hopes the first graduating class in the new school will be the class of 2020.

Future phases of the Move to Higher Ground project include a community services campus with an elders center, government services campus and additional housing at the 275-acre site.

The existing lower village at La Push will remain.