San Francisco, CA High School Fire, Jan 1922

Mission High School Mission High School Ruins Mission High School, 1900s, photo from familyoldphotos.com

S. F. HIGH SCHOOL BURNS; $200,000 IS LOSS ESTIMATE.

BLAZE ATTRIBUTED TO THE POOR HEATING SYSTEM; 1000 PUPILS ESCAPE.

San Francisco, Jan. 20. -- Inadequate heating facilities caused a fire, which last night destroyed the Mission high school, driving more than 1000 pupils and teachers into the street, according to teachers in the technical department.
The fire caused damage estimated at $200,000.
One pupil, JOHN HURST, was overcome by smoke.
The blaze was discovered at 7:15 o'clock while classes of the Humboldt evening night school were assembling in the building. A girl in the gymnasium class on the lower floor detected smoke and informed Principal JOHN S. DREW. DREW went from room to room ordering teachers to get their classes out of the building immediately.

Students Ordered Out.
Patrolman THOMAS ROCHE, from the street, and a pupil simultaneously pulled fire boxes and ini a few moments the department arrived, by the time the apparatus was on the scene all of the students were out of the building, with the exception of a few who remained inside to fight the flames. These were ordered out by fire captains.
The entire upper story, where the fire was first discovered, was swept by the flames. A number of pupils led the way through smoke to the chemistry laboratories on the upper floor to prevent explosions. CHARLES F. WALSH and 100 pupils attached the fire from the auditorium.
Captain E. R. DAUGHERTY, of chemical engine company No. 2, was trapped beneath a falling chimney and received a fractured leg and serious cuts and bruises. He was taken to the emergency hospital for treatment.

Oakland Tribune California 1922-01-20