BOUNTIFUL — Anyone who passes through the doors of the University of Utah Davis Center is stepping back in history.
That’s because the center is housed in what is now the oldest still-standing building that originally served as a school in the Davis School District.
The Stoker School was called Bountiful’s grand new school when it opened in 1906, an article written by Clipper Staff Writer Louise R. Shaw in July of 2011 said.
Its heating system was praised, along with its large windows and how the front and rear doors and wide stairways allowed for “a systematic line of marching.”
That marching was “so advantageous to the management of large schools,” an article in the Clipper at the time of the school’s opening said.
The article also praised the school for its large playground, “which is lined by a row of trees and a stream of cool, clear water.”
Even the outhouses were lauded as being “large and well taken care of.”
The school was the first consolidated elementary in the county, said Lynne Bennett, affiliated with the Bountiful campus and quoted in the 2011 article.
Students attended from kindergarten through ninth grade, with the eighth and ninth graders considered high school grades. Those who wanted to go on could then attend the University of Utah.
These days, older students generally frequent the building, which has some various remodelings and upgrades since its opening 107-plus years ago.
The center offers general education classes with perks not available on the main campus, including free parking, small class sizes for personalized attention, and more, information from the university said.
“There is no need to hassle with a commute to main campus when you can work toward your degree, upgrade your computer skills, or take a course just for fun - close to home,” the information said.
Classes are offering during the day and evenings, including a full array of credit courses to help in completion of general education or elective course requirements.
Children can also take advantage of courses there, including a robotic Lego or computer courses during the Summer Youth program. Other youth classes range from fencing to graphic arts, sculpting ceramics to Chinese immersion, and math and robotics. ACT preparation courses are also offered year-round.
LifeLong courses are also offered, that allow people to learn a new skill. Offerings range from the art of mosaic and stained glass to growing medicinal mushrooms, to a Photoshop class to enhance photo collections.
Students can also learn the history of music or take a refresher class on a topic they may have enjoyed in college.
For more information, visit continue.utah.edu/bountiful.