Colton High “Fact of the Day” – May 18


In 1960, the old CHS Administration building was torn down, ending years of wondering when the day would finally come.

Colton High School opened in 1895. It is one of the oldest high schools in the Inland Empire. In this daily feature, we celebrate Colton High’s rich history.

In February 1960, the Colton High School administration building was demolished, leading to an article in the Pepper Bough in which staff members shared their recollections of the old building.

Gone were the days when students and faculty constantly asked “When will the walls of the administration building finally come tumbling down?”

Dorotha Cooley, after whom DC Lane is named, shared how she remembered when only one office contained all the school records, files, and admit slips, all of which were managed by one secretary. Her “fondest memory” involved being a student when former Principal Donald McIntosh was honored for his coaching.

Mrs. Charlotte Bosch, who worked as an attendance clerk, remembered how she could see the “Ad Building” tower from her home on Hermosa Terrace in Colton. She also remembered how the study hall doubled as a dance hall for student functions.