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Moffat County School Superintendent John Gilchrist watches as Steve and Claudia Shepherd test facilities in the newly constructed Sunset School building. Each classroom was furnished with a sink, drinking fountain and cabinet unit in the adjoining corridor.

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A new Sunset School for baby boomers

As early as 1952 it was becoming apparent that the vintage 1921 Yampa School (today’s Moffat County School District administration building) could not meet the needs of the burgeoning post-war generation known as the “baby boomers.” In November of 1953, Craig residents passed a $290,000 bond issue to build a second elementary school and two months later construction began on the new Sunset School. The six-month contract deadline was easily met and the dedication was held just after Christmas of 1954.


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