Sula School 1907

Founded in 1897, the Sula Schoolhouse was built by local ranchers so their children would have a safe learning environment. It was in use until 1936, when the Darby School was opened, and children attended there. Since then, its' only use has been as hay storage for the local ranchers. The school was in serious disrepair, but has now been restored.

In 1985, the Sula Community Historical Society was formed to raise funds to maintain the Schoolhouse. In 2011, a group of dedicated volunteers got together to fix up the Schoolhouse. With $9000 in the bank, and a lot of volunteer hours, the School got a new look.  Repairs were made to the floors, walls, ceiling, roof, windows and outside. The Job Corp painted the outside, and thru local donations we were able to accomplish the work for just under what was raised over the years. 

The Schoolhouse is now safe to enter and is open to the public for viewing.  While upkeep is by volunteers, the funds to upkeep the School if repairs come up are thru donations.  If you would like to support the Sula Schoolhouse and its history for the Community and all who visit, we appreciate your support. 



 

Original photo taken of a class in 1907 

Start of Project - Early 2011

 

The school eventually became a hay storage building and was in need of repairs and maintenance. Neighbors got together in 2011 to fix up the School. 

2011

Completion - Sept. 2011 

Floors, ceiling, windows, walls, roof....now safe to enter and view. 

2011
Initial meeting at School

Initial meeting at School

First meeting at School to see what needs to be done to repair an old schoolhouse

School boarded up

School boarded up

After the children started attending School in Darby, the Schoolhouse was used for hay storage and many other uses and finally boarded up.

Inside walls

Inside walls

The inside walls were peeling and in need of repair

Door boarded up

Door boarded up

Before View of Walls and Ceiling

Before View of Walls and Ceiling

Inside Entry area

Inside Entry area

Inside View

Inside View

Floor rotted in several spots

Floor rotted in several spots

Floor rotted out in areas

Floor rotted out in areas

Ceiling

Ceiling

Starting rebuild of rotted areas

Starting rebuild of rotted areas

Joe Pistey and Bill Reed

Joe Pistey and Bill Reed

new floor boards

new floor boards

subfloor

subfloor

paint removal

paint removal

Removing old paint

Removing old paint

Removal of paint

Removal of paint

Joe Pistey and Bill Reed

Joe Pistey and Bill Reed

Joe Pistey and Bill Reed

Joe Pistey and Bill Reed

after paint is removed

after paint is removed

break time

break time

getting to the top of things

getting to the top of things

Bob Wood, Joe Pistey, Bill Reed

Bob Wood, Joe Pistey, Bill Reed

Todd Hunter and Bill Reed

Todd Hunter and Bill Reed

working in basement

working in basement

Windows painted

Windows painted

Bob Wood window working

Bob Wood window working

glass install

glass install

Final Product

Final Product

Job Corp

Job Corp

Thank you Job Corp

Thank you Job Corp

painting the school

painting the school

Joe Pistey painting

Joe Pistey painting

Bill Reed painting

Bill Reed painting

Bob Wood painting

Bob Wood painting

Removing old roof

Removing old roof

Roof Shingles

Roof Shingles

floors

floors

Bill Reed sanding floors

Bill Reed sanding floors

Floors getting stained

Floors getting stained

inside looking good

inside looking good

Entry

Entry

inside view

inside view

looking good

looking good

Pretty!

Pretty!

Desks

Desks

Desks

Desks

Stove for School

Stove for School

New door

New door

Sept. 24th, 2011 - BBQ

Sept. 24th, 2011 - BBQ

Flowers

Flowers

Front of School

Front of School

School is Beautiful!

School is Beautiful!

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