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Seattle School Retrofit

The Seattle News

Aug 12, 2022

WA Invests Millions to Retrofit Schools against Earthquakes

Totem Middle School has weathered the years with consistency.

Keri Lindsay, the principal of the Marysville school, followed in her parents’ footsteps as a proud Thunderbird. Her mother attended Totem in the 1960s and her father was the superintendent of construction during the facility’s last remodel in the 1980s.

Mike Wray, a special education teacher, also has been with the school for decades. He remembers when the cornerstone was placed in the building that houses science labs and classrooms in 1967.

Neither Wray nor Lindsey could say when the school’s oldest buildings were constructed, though they guess that some could be from as far back as the 1930s.

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