Glendale School

Reno & Washoe County
  39.53454, -119.75484

"Talk about being under-the-radar! Ironically, of all the wry and rotting rural places in Nevada, the oldest standing schoolhouse in the state stands inconspicuously in an urban park in the shadow or two major casinos. Who woulda thought? Me I guess. Onto the last two (markers) in Sparks and for this ... I must use my own two feet." -- Journal Entry, September 2007

Along Victorian Avenue at Railroad Park -- Sparks

Original Date Visited: 9/23/07

Signed: No

  • Here stands the oldest schoolhouse in the state
  • Marker 169 plaque

Exact Description:
("Oldest Remaining School Building in Nevada." Constructed in 1864--in continuous use until 1958)

Glendale, as a settlement, preceded Reno and was destined to be the metropolis on the Truckee River until the Central Pacific Railroad was induced to bypass the community for a station at Lakes's Crossing (Reno).

First teacher was E.C. Sessions, who organized the school and taught in his home until the building was constructed. The original Board of Trustees was made up of John F. Stone, William Steele and N.C. Haslund.

Over the years a great many Nevadans were educated at Glendale School. Perhaps the most notable student was U.S. Senator Patrick A. McCarran.

Built at a cost of $1,446, the school stands as a shrine in memory of its builder, Archie Bryant, and a once-bustling community.

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