Due to a dwindling population in West Seattle, the school was closed in 1981, and students were reassigned to Denny and Madison Middle Schools.
Seattle Public Schools kept the building for special projects, including alternative education programs such as the Indian Heritage School. Pathfinder K-8 got its start in the Boren building, when known simply as “Alternative Education IV”.
The building was also used as an interim location for schools whose premises were undergoing renovations. Boren has been a temporary home to many schools, including Madison Middle School, West Seattle and Cleveland High Schools, and most recently Chief Sealth High School.
For more about Louisa Boren Junior High School, visit the SPS History archives 1963-2000