An Independent School • Grades 5-12

Lakeside: A History of Change

Relocations. New programs. Mergers. Shifts in the student body. Innovative approaches. Lakeside School’s desire and embrace of change over time have contributed to its success and positioned it as a leader in education in Seattle and around the world.

Today’s Lakeside School is the result of two separate schools: St. Nicholas, a school for girls, was founded in 1910 in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. Moran-Lakeside, a school for boys on the shores of Lake Washington, was founded in 1919 by Frank G. Moran. The two institutions merged in 1971, leading to a period of rapid evolution and Lakeside School taking its place as one of the region’s foremost independent schools.

We invite you to learn more about Lakeside School over time.

Exhibits and Histories

The enduring power of Quest

Among the hundreds of outdoor trips and courses Lakeside students have taken over the years, Quest stands out as remaining virtually unchanged since it began 36 years ago.

Coach Anderson: Game plan focuses on relationships

What was it that made Anderson a legend among the students he coached?

History of Film Courses at Lakeside

The study of film first appears in the Lakeside archives in a curriculum guide from 1978.

Building Bliss: A History of Lakeside’s Most Iconic Building

Over the years, Bliss Hall has been many things to many people.

The Origins of the Lakeside Educational Enrichment Program

The video examines the origins of the Lakeside Educational Enrichment Program (LEEP), begun in the summer of 1965.

Contributed Histories

Histories and Memoirs of Lakeside and St. Nicholas School written by administrators, faculty, staff, and alumni

Footnotes from the Headmaster (Lakeside School, 1951-1969), by Dexter K. Strong, 1984
A History of the Lakeside Rocket Society, by Nym Park '64, 2014
Lakeside and World War II: A Summary of Findings from Research Conducted in Lakeside School Student Newspapers, by A. B. Adams P'13 '18, 2012
Lakeside History, by C.L. "Mac" McCuskey, 1980
A History of the Lakeside School Parents and Guardians Association, by Judy Bauer P'84 '85, 1989
The History of St. Nicholas School, by Phyllis A. Hayes '52, 1980

Externally published histories of Lakeside and St. Nicholas School

Lakeside School (Seattle), by Mary T. Henry
St. Nicholas School (Seattle), by Paula Becker

BUILDING AN ARCHIVES THAT REPRESENTS US ALL

Lakeside letter jacket courtesy of Patrick Dunn '65

Lakeside School’s Jane Carlson Williams ’60 Archives seeks to document and share materials that represent many different perspectives. By capturing and sharing the stories of students, faculty, staff, parents, and friends, we strive to provide a fuller understanding of our institutional history.

For more information on what the archives collects or how to access or donate materials to the archives, visit the archives page.

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