- Published: Friday, February 1, 2019
For the past thirty years, Eureka City Schools has been a changing school district. Here on the North Coast, the timber industry has had a large impact on our economy, both positive and negative. While there have been several other large industries critical to our economy, timber is arguably what put the greater Eureka area on the map and drove our building and population.
The peak of the timber industry in Humboldt County was in the early 1950’s. While it was in a slow decline up until the environmental movement escalated the decline in the 1970’s and 1980’s, it remained a cornerstone of our economy and a major reason for living in Humboldt County.
Enrollment in Eureka City Schools is dependent upon the population living within the boundaries of our school district. With the decline of the primary industry also came a decline in enrollment, from a peak of more than 8,000 students to the current enrollment of just under 4,000 students. This sharp decline in students necessitates facility adjustments, including the closure of many schools, one of which will be the focus of this writing, Jacobs Junior High School.