Kalamazoo Public Schools

Burdick Street School/McKinley Elementary

Burdick Street School WMU, P-351. Burdick Street School, Kalamazoo, undated In 1885, the school board set aside funds for the construction of a new school to serve students located in…

Frank Street School

The Frank Street School is one of several school buildings that have called the Northside Neighborhood its home, and one of the first of several southwest Michigan schools to offer…

Hillcrest Elementary School

New housing developments were coming up all over Kalamazoo after the turn of the twentieth century due primarily to a growing population. One of those new developments was Hillcrest, where parents felt a new school was “imperative.”

Kalamazoo Central High School

Everyday thousands of people pass by the Community Education Center, otherwise known as “Old Central,” located at South Westnedge Avenue and Vine Street, not realizing that there has been a school on that site since 1858. The history of the school...

Kalamazoo School Case

What is a public school education? Most United States citizens today think of kindergarten through 12th grade, provided by the government and funded by taxes. However, that was not always the case. A lawsuit known as the Kalamazoo School Case...

Lake Street School/Edison

Situated on the northwest corner of Lake and Russell streets in the Edison Neighborhood, the first Lake Street School was erected in 1880 and demolished in 1958. Multiple additions were…

Lincoln School

Lincoln School, c.1940. KPL catalogue number P-996 Situated on the city’s northside at 912 N. Burdick Street, the Lincoln School (Lincoln International Studies School) has served as an educational environment…

Lovell Street School

First Lovell Street School, 1865-1883 The original Lovell Street School, a two-story wooden building, opened in 1867 at the corner of East Lovell Street and what was then Pine Street.…

North West Street School

KPL Postcard Collection The original North West Street School was built in 1888, with several additions made to the structure over the years (1907, 1926). At the time of its…

Oliver V. Kalamazoo Board of Education

The following is not intended to be a comprehensive history of the Kalamazoo Public Schools desegregation case (Oliver v. Kalamazoo Board of Education), but rather an abridged, introductory timeline of…

Parkwood-Upjohn Elementary School

Crowded conditions at a number of schools in Kalamazoo led to the construction of new buildings including one in the growing Westnedge Hill neighborhood south of downtown. The name of the school came from the one of the plats in the neighborhood...

Roosevelt School

Before the Roosevelt School was built in 1909, a prior school at East Main Street and Gilbert was built around 1883-4. This school, known as the East Avenue School, quickly…

Washington Elementary School

By 1904 growth in the City of Kalamazoo meant the Board of Education would be both building new schools and renovating older structures, including the growing neighborhood to the south of the city, now known as the Edison Neighborhood.

West Main Street Elementary

The Kalamazoo Board of Education signed a lease for a building on the south side of West Main Street between Arlington and Prairie for the West Main Street School. The lease ran from 1 September 1917 until 1 July 1918. [Board of Education Minutes...

Woodrow Wilson Elementary School

Overcrowding at Roosevelt Elementary School on the east side of Kalamazoo led the School Board in the 1920s to search for a location for a new school. By August of 1927, they purchased a site on the south side of East Main between Lum and Gayle ...

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