The school owes its existence to an endowment provided by the late Donlon Arques who laid the groundwork for the school prior to his death in 1993.
At the end of his life, Don Arques defined the purpose of the nonprofit corporation he founded as:
“a school and center for the restoration and replication of small wooden boats that have had historical significance in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.”
The school has kept these purposes as the core of its program. The building of the historic gillnet boat and the restoration of the West Coast’s oldest sailing yacht, the Freda, are examples of this. In addition, a number of traditional wooden boats from other parts of the United States and Canada have been built at the school. THE ARQUES SCHOOL DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF RACE, GENDER, RELIGION, OR SEXUAL ORIENTATION.
Anton Hottner is a graduate of the Arques School. He teaches in the Saturday Class and the Apprenticeship Program.
Holden Crane is a graduate of the Arques School. He teaches in the Saturday Class and the apprenticeship program.