Hipp/Hoover School

Comstock Township

Location: District #6 – Section 16, southwest corner of East Main Street and 30th Street. The street address was 1541 North 30th Street.

Kalamazoo County 1890, Published by Wm. C. Sauer. Local History Room

Photo by Sarah Hultmark, c. 1981, History Room Photo File P-1266.


Hoover School was named for U.S. President Herbert Hoover. The building, designed by Ernest A. Batterson, was dedicated in November 1930. It was listed in the county school directories through the 1959-60 school year, at which point the students were absorbed into the Comstock Public School District. Starting in the fall of 1960, the building was occupied for some years by the Kalamazoo School for Retarded Children, later known as the McKercher Rehabilitation Center. Earlier known as Hipp School.


1921-22 Lillian Swanson
1925-26 Ruth Bowersox
1927-28 Warren Brown
1929-32 Warren Brown and Leah Brown
1932-33 Warren Brown and Mary Crose
1933-34 George Annable and Laura Annable
1934-35 Lawrence Chapman and Laura Annable
1935-36 Lawrence Chapman and Muriel Anderson
1936-37 Lawrence Chapman and Rachel Randall
1937-40 Glenn Jager and Rachel Randall
1940-41 Glenn Jager, Rachel Randall and Marian Knoblock
1941-42 Glenn Jager and Marian Knoblock
1942-44 Mrs. Willo Neeson and Marian Knoblock
1944-48 Mrs. Willo Neeson and Mrs. Marian Brinkert
1948-49 Mrs. Willo Neeson, Mrs. Ruth Hollowell and Barbara Schell
1949-50 Harry Keithly, Mrs. Ruth Hollowell, and Barbara Schell
1951-52 Mrs. Ruth Hollowell, Elmer Nelson and John H. Geary
1952-53 John H. Geary, Ruth Hollowell and Elmer L. Nelson
1953-54 Ruth Hollowell, Betty Hall, and Elmer L. Nelson
1954-55 Henry Smith, Ruth Hollowell and Eva Seelye
1955-56 Mrs. Ruth Hollowell, Mrs. Margaret Sutton and Mrs. Aletha Wheeler
1956-57 Mrs. Ruth Hollowell, Mrs. Aletha Wheeler and Mrs. Virginia Yerden
1958-59 Ruth Hollowell, Helen Montgomery, Jean Wallace and Virginia Yerden
1959-60 Helen Montgomery, Barbara Shepard, Leila Wildfong and Mildred Zuniga




List of one-room schools still standing in Kalamazoo County in 1982

  • Hultmark, Sarah
  • Manuscript, Local History Collection, Kalamazoo Public Library


“Hoover School, Comstock, to be dedicated Nov. 7”

  • Kalamazoo Gazette, 5 November 1930

Maps and atlases

USGS topographic map for Kalamazoo County, 1918 (Galesburg Quadrangle)

  • History Room topographic map case, drawer 5A, folder 15.
  • Called Hipp School on this map


Teachers’ and School Officers’ Directory, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, 1921-22, 1925-1960 (title varies)

  • Shelved in a pamphlet box with H 379.774 K149 (History Room Storage)

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