New school dedicated in Neah Bay

NEAH BAY — Luke and Ada Markishtum Middle School was dedicated Saturday following seven years of planning, fund raising and a lengthy construction process.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Terry Bergeson — making her first visit to Neah Bay since 1973 — Makah tribal leaders, county and state officials, school representatives and area residents celebrated the event.

“We are here not only to dedicate a building, but to give thanks to those who made this possible,” Cape Flattery School Board Chairman Greg Colfax said.

“We thank the Markishtum family for their generous donation.”

The school is named for Luke and Ada Markishtum who, in 1931, donated the land on which was built the Makah reservation’s first state public school.

Markishtum wrote:

“I want to provide a site for the county school.

“I have 10 children and want them to be educated in this school, as I realize the benefits of a good education.”

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