Who was Cecil Sly?

Early Life

Born May 1, 1897 in Michigan
Family moved to Stevenson, Washington; attended school in Stevenson
Attended Washington State University, studied Agriculture and played baseball
Met wife Lula at WSU
Married 52 years until Lula’s death in 1971
Daughter, Maxine and son, Robert

Career Before Crook County

Port Angeles, Washington – Taught Agriculture and coached
Aberdeen, Washington – High School Principal
Hailey, Idaho – High School Principal
Anchorage, Alaska – Superintendent of Schools
Tualatin and Weston, Oregon – Superintendent of Schools

Superintendent of Crook County School District

1945 through 1963 – total of 18 years
Cecil Sly had a hand in the building or major remodeling of all Crook County schools
except Powell Butte.
Ochoco School built 1945-1946
Crook River Primary Wing – built 1948
Paulina and Lone Pine Schools – built 1949
Crook County High School (now Crook County Middle School) – built 1950
Prineville Jr. High School (now Cecil Sly Elementary) – built 1961-1962
Crooked River remodeled from Prineville Junior High School – 1962
First Outdoor school in Oregon – 6th grade Students in 1960


Grand Marshall, Crooked River Roundup – 1981
Active in the following groups:

  • AARP
  • United Way
  • Kiwanis Club
  • Job’s Daughters
  • Masonic Lodge
  • American Red Cross
  • Retired Teachers’ Association
  • American Cancer Society
  • Izaac Walton League (Walton Lake)
  • Central Oregon Opportunity Center
  • City of Prineville Budget Committee
  • Prineville – Crook County Chamber of Commerce Legislative Committee

Pledged to do 100 hours of volunteer work per month
Asked if ever bored, joked, “No, I haven’t the time.”
Enjoyed hunting and fishing
Baked lemon meringue pies to give to friends and groups
Cecil Sly Award for Community Service
Cecil Sly died October, 1984 at age 87

Cecil Sly Elementary School

Several groups lobby to school board for “Cecil Sly Elementary School” – successful
Construction delay, plus new school board and new superintendent changed name to
Rimrock School.
Mike Mohan and Jerry Pimentel worked with school board to change the name back
to Cecil Sly Elementary School.
Thanks to Steve Lent and the Crook County Historical Society for information about Mr.
Cecil Sly.

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