How the Ghost Town of Dorreen managed to keep its school open

The small and remote community of Dorreen lies about 50 km east of Terrace on the north side of the Skeena River (opposite of the hwy).  The town survived on mining and farming and some railway business. The first school was attached to the iconic General store that still stands today.  A second school was built for the 1932 school year.   The  teacher that year was Miss Mina Dean.  With the ups and downs of the resource sector it was always a challenge to keep the minimum number of students in the school. The school did close down in 1937 for a year.  The mine closed in 1953 and with that came an exodus of mine workers and their families.  Elaine Gregg was the teacher at that time and she came up with some creative enrollment numbers with underage students as young as 3 and overage students as well making up the minimum of 13 students.  There were even rumors of a few pets being enrolled. Here is a photo of the one room school. During our Ghost Towns of Northwest BC tour we are fortunate enough to have a  guided tour of the town by one of the part time residents

Dorreen School
Dorreen School