In 1900 a larger building was erected beside the abandoned "lower" school. Being adjacent to the Norwood homestead, it became known as the Norwood school. Miss Iphelia Carlton, of Montesano, sister of Mrs. Anna Robinson, was the first teacher in the new building. Josie Kestner, Emil Hulton, and Louis Haas started under her.
Josie Kestner Dickey writes:
"The building was of logs, round on the outside but hewn flat on the inside and chinked where they didn't fit tightly together. It was shingled with shakes, and ceiled with thin cedar shakes. Later it was papered - first with newspapers, later with a large-flowered wall-paper. There were two long windows on either side of the big room, and a door at one end. Beside it, on a bench, stood the water-bucket with a tin dipper in it.
At the other end of the room on a raised platform was a large teacher's desk. On the floor in front of it stood a Beginners Reading Chart. The floor was of hewn spruce planks which had shrunk enough to leave cracks through which the pupils were always losing their slate pencils. In the middle of the room stood a heating stove and beside it a pile of wood.
Anton Kestner did most of the carpenter work. The blackboards were painted cedar boards. The desks and benches were built in one, the benches being long enough for two or three pupils. Each bench was attached to the front of a desk, which served as a backrest. Some desks were made for small children, some for teen-agers. The pupils used slates and pencils."
In 1895, the Olson family, with numerous children, settled on the East fork of the upper Quinault. "Father" John Olson wanted the school-house on his property, and argued for it at a public meeting. Other parents objected to the distance their children would have to walk. Whereupon Olson suggested that their children could sleep in his barn, if necessary. At that, Mrs. Kestner retorted indignantly, "My Anton, he built me a good house. My children sleep in nobody's barn."
The community school was not moved, but in 1897 neighbors assisted Mr. Olson in building a schoolhouse on the East Fork. Whereas the Norwood school operated during the summer, this upper school was open in the winter when there was little work to be done on the farm. Bud Loomis who helped to build both the lower and the upper buildings, says that Miss LuLu Putnam was the first teacher at the Olson school, 1897. She was followed by Marie Osby - 1890, Lita Young - 1901, and James Norman in 1902. A Mr. Wolf taught in 1909.