Schools and motion pictures


Schools. The Sedona area's earliest schools were built and run by residents without government support. The first school was a one-room building at the Schuerman property on Lower Red Rock Loop Road in 1892. Olive Welch was the teacher and there were seven children.

At right: Brewer Road School - 1930s (burned down). Brewer Road School

In 1899, a one-room log school became the first in Oak Creek Canyon. In the early days, some ranchers and USFS employees migrated to high country and up the canyon in summer. In the winter they moved back to Red Rock so the children could attend school. By 1912 the Sedona area had enough students to merit a third school. The land for the Brewer School was leased from homesteader Frank Owenby. This building was expanded in 1930 to three rooms with an auditorium and a bathroom with indoor plumbing.

Sedona had no high school. Yavapai County students went to Cottonwood, and Coconino students were bused up the icy switchbacks to Flagstaff. By special act of the state legislature, Sedonans were able to vote for their own school district, and in 1995 the Sedona Red Rock High School opened to students.

Sedona movie set for Motion Pictures.  At right: Sedona movie set for "Johnny Guitar" - removed shortly after filming in 1959, the movie starred Joan Crawford. Where Posse Grounds is today. \

 During the film heyday of the 1940s, the CCC camp buildings were converted into the Sedona Lodge (on the site of the current day King's Ransom Inn) and the Sedona Sound Stage was built next door. Other new businesses cropped up to cater to the needs of movie crews. The movie industry provided a small economic boom for the community as local residents were employed as carpenters, extras and livestock wranglers.

To date, nearly 100 films and numerous television productions have been shot partially or entirely on location in Sedona. Development of the city now limits the scenes and backdrops available to film crews. More recent films have been The Karate Kid, The Quick and the Dead, Nobody's Fool, and Midnight Run.