Sidney C. Huntington was a Galena elder respected for his decades of effort and support for the education of Galena’s youth. His efforts in the early 1970s led to the creation of the Galena City School District, and he served on the school board for 21 years. He earned an honorary doctorate from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1989. The community school was named after him in 2011; Mr. Huntington passed away four years later. A published author, an advocate for quality education, and a forceful supporter of our town, we honor his memory by working tirelessly to provide the best education for our children.
The original school for Galena’s children was located in Old Town, on the banks of the Yukon River on the south edge of the Galena Air Base, now the site of the Galena Interior Learning Academy. The current school was built in 1974 following a devastating flood that led residents to relocate on higher ground near Alexander Lake.