FARMINGTON -- Much like the county it serves, Davis School District can be summed up with one word: growth.
The Stoker School, a large red-brick building that was completed in 1904, served as the district's first consolidated elementary school.
Before Stoker, a one-room schoolhouse in south Davis County served the area from North Salt Lake to Farmington.
Each classroom was heated by potbellied stoves until 1907, when a coal furnace was installed.
In 1911, the district's student population was only 2,730. By 1940, it had grown to 4,456 students.
The district has come a long way since then.
It has 59 elementary schools, 16 junior high schools, eight high schools and three alternative schools covering cities from North Salt Lake to Clinton, Sunset and South Weber.
The district projects 66,579 students will be attending its schools for the 2011-12 school year; and with its 80 school buildings, Davis is the 61st-largest school district in the United States and the second-largest school district in Utah.
Davis High in Kaysville was the first high school in the district, opening its doors in 1914.
As the county population grew, two more high schools -- Bountiful and Viewmont, also in Bountiful -- were added in the 1950s.
In the 1950s and '60s, the district's student population began to explode, from just 8,266 in 1950 to 34,157 by 1970.
Two high schools were added in the 1960s with Layton and Clearfield, and since Centerville Junior High School was built in 1964, the district has added 50 schools.
Another period of growth began in the 2000s.
Since 2002, the district has added 12 schools with the newest, Centennial Junior High in Kaysville, opening in time for the 2011-12 school year.
In 2007, Syracuse High became the district's newest high school.
The oldest standing school in the district is Wasatch Elementary, which was built in 1946 in Clearfield, but will be completely rebuilt near the old school before school starts in fall 2012.
Gary Payne, district administrator of facilities, management and planning, said new school buildings and remodels to current buildings will be seen in the future.
"Right now, we have 300 portables (classrooms) that are being used by the district. That's the equivalent of 10 elementary schools on wheels."
Bountiful High School, Sunset Elementary and Syracuse Elementary will all see upgrades or remodels within the next few years.
"We're continuing to see a lot of natural growth in the county," said Chase Rodgers, school district planner.
"Whether the economy is up or down, kids are going to keep coming in here regardless. We need to prepare to have the right facilities in place for that."
As the school district continues to grow, it hopes to continue to send students off with diplomas.
In 2006, the district received recognition for having the nation's top graduation rate among the 100 largest school districts in the United States, according to a survey by the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.
Davis School District
* ESTABLISHED: 1911
* NUMBER OF SCHOOLS: 86
* STUDENT BODY FOR 2011-12: 66,579
* TIDBIT: In 2006, the district had the nation's highest graduation rate among the 100 largest districts.