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Say Goodbye to Hamlin

Join us on November 30th as we say goodbye to the old Hamlin!

Where: The old Hamlin library

When:  Thursday, November 30, starting at 5:30 p.m.

As excited as we are to put the finishing touches on the new Hamlin Middle School, we are also sad to say goodbye to this familiar building that has seen thousands of students come and go since it was built as Hamlin Junior High in 1958.

This Open House event will be a chance to tour the old building one last time, take a selfie by your old locker, leaf through yearbooks and reminisce with staff and old friends. Refreshments will be served.

Afterward, you are invited to stay to hear Hamlin's outstanding orchestra perform at the Winter Concert, starting at 6:30, to be followed by a baked goods fundraiser led by Hamlin's leadership team. 

(Please note that tours of the new building are not possible at this time, as construction is still underway. Once students and staff have had a chance to move in, we'll give the public an opportunity to celebrate the beautiful new building at the Grand Opening on February 22.)

Hamlin Middle School Background

 #SPSDidYouKnow....when Hamlin was built:

  • The average cost of a new house was $12,750
  • Gas cost 25 cents a gallon
  • America launched its first satellite and NASA was formed
  • The microchip was invented
  • Wham-O created and sold over 100 million hula hoops
  • Elvis Presley was inducted into the Army
  • Toyotas and Datsuns went on sale in the US

Frank Hamlin The original Hamlin Junior High was built in 1958 with bond funds to accommodate our growing district, replacing Mill Street Junior High (which went on to become the current Administration Building). The land was purchased from the L.D. McFarland Lumber Company. The building received additions in 1961 and 1970.

<View the original dedication flyer>

The school was named in honor of Frank Blackstone Hamlin, a Springfield educator. Hamlin moved to Springfield in 1919 to become the City School Superintendent. He became Springfield Postmaster in 1922, and went on to be the Principal of Elementary Schools for several years. He also owned a combination drug store/soda fountain on Main Street and held a realtor’s license.

The original school was built at a cost of $665,000, funded by a 1956 bond measure (which also helped expand Springfield and Thurston high schools). It was constructed mainly with wood manufactured in this area: 357,000 board feet of lumber plus an additional 110,000 square feet of plywood sheating and hardboard. Saul Rose was the first principal.

The new Hamlin Middle School was built with funds allocated from the 2014 bond measure on the site of the old Moffitt Elementary School, next door to the current Hamlin. The new facility was designed as a STEAM school (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math).

aerial photo of old building