AKA: Pajaro Valley Unified School District, Watsonville High School, West Building, Watsonville, CA

Structure Type: built works - public buildings - schools - high schools

Designers: Weeks, William H., Architect (firm); William Henry Weeks (architect)

Dates: constructed 1895

2 stories

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East Beach Street and Marchant Street
Watsonville, CA 95076

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The 1895/1902 Mission Revival High School in Watsonville stood on southeast corner of East Beach Street and Marchant Street.


This was an early design by William Henry Weeks (1864-1936) in the Mission Revival Style.

Building History

Beginning in the late 1880s, high school students attended a local grammar until this two-story, Mission Revival high school was completed in 1895. According to a local newspaper report: "From 1887 until 1891, Watsonville Grammar School offered instruction beyond the ninth grade, but it was not until 1892 that the school was accredited and included courses such as Greek and Latin that aligned with University of California standards, according to historian Jane Borg, who worked at the Pajaro Valley Historical Society until her retirement last year." (See Todd Guild, Watsonville Register-Pajaronian.com, "Watsonville High School celebrated 120 Years," published 10/19/2012, accessed 03/14/2017.)


The Watsonville High School #1 burned on 11/08/1901, just six years after it was completed. It was rebuilt in 1902 as per the original.

PCAD id: 20970