GRANTSDALE - To be sure, there have been many changes in Grantsdale since 1889.

For starters the railroad no longer ends its run here. Gone are many of the old buildings that once formed the nexus of a commercial district.

Even the old school, built of stone and standing two stories high, has been torn down.

None of these inevitable changes will matter Friday, when the Grantsdale School welcomes the community to celebrate its 120th anniversary, starting with the traditional flag raising at 8:30 a.m.

The community of student, faculty and staff families will then convene for an achievement assembly before taking it back outside for an old-fashioned field day, complete with sack races, spelling bee and a shuttle run.

The field day begins at 9:15 a.m. and rumor has it, in keeping with the old-time theme, there will be some butter churning going on. And ice cream. And birthday cake.

There will, no doubt be some discussion about how things once were in Grantsdale, where, for a time, university system regent and Grantsdale businessman Henry Grant campaigned to locate the newly forming Montana State University.

In keeping with the longtime mission of the school that has served the community here, those who attend will likely learn a thing or two.

It's all part of the 120-year history that is Grantsdale.

Grantsdale School is located at 778 Grantsdale Road.

Reporter Sepp Jannotta can be reached at 363-3300 or


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