Dennis School in 1955 a bit of history

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nnis Gave Land for Dennis School rew e An - i til- I 1 i i I .r.'; ? ftT n 1 I yT.'iAli I x' AsW4 111 i mm Mrs. Euvcra E. Wade watches her pupils as they leave the Dennis School kindergarten Dennis School fifth graders work on a huge map of the United States in their geography TtA. rji-i luting K t, tM A fc wA-atWjbf v-3e4 tmtm.nrH,,m A new addition, at left, to rollment made the old building Dennis School was opened this too crowded. Early this year be-school year when increasing en- fore the new part was completed, house. This residence east of the school on West Main Street was boueht to house kindergar- study. From left to right are Margaret Jones, Sherry Gluck. Linda Fredenckson and Ralph 7 , 1- '-! ',-1 una ten classes and take care of the overflow in the original build- Edward Sanford. Dennis School is an outgrowth of the old Forest Grove School. some students had to be transferred to classrooms set up in New Addition NowinUse Dennis School was named for Andrew Dennis who gave the land on which the school is built and whose heirs later added to the school grounds. The school is an outgrowth of the old Forest Grove School once located in a wooded area that now is Fairview Park. When the first building needed to be replaced,-Mr. Dennis provided the land on what is now West Main Street, but the school continued to be called Forest Grove. In 1910 when a part of the present brick structure was built, the heirs of Mr. Dennis donated land to open Taylor Avenur south of West Main Street and additional land for the school grounds. The original Dennis school, builc45 years ago, had six rooms. The teachers were Miss Eunice Viox, now Mrs. Roy Christy, and Miss Eleanor Nighswonger. Building of .homes in the west part of Decatur brought increased enrollment and by 1928 not only were, all the rooms of the old building in use but it was necessary to build an addition. The original building had been laid out so that additions could be added without destroying the architectural plan. By 1931 there were 11 rooms and an auditorium, 12 teachers and 409 pupils enrolled. In the vears since 1931 enroll ment at the school has grown bv leaps and bounds. During and since the war years, there has been much remodeling and rearranging to provide' more rooms lor classes and a dwelling was purchased to the east of the school tor the kindergarten classes. This school year a $200,000 six-room addition was put in use. . The addition, on the Wood Street side of the grounds, also has oltice space and a teachers lounge The lounge is called the Mabel Spanglcr Goretzke Memorial Koom. Mrs. Goretzke taught at Dennis School for more than 20 vears. - Early in this school year, before the new addition was readv, some Dennis pupils attended classes at Woodrow Wilson Junior High bchool. Enrollment at Dennis School now is 614 14 more than last year. Miss Mildred Price is principal and there are 19 teachers. Woodrow Wilson Junior High School. niMiiMimrfliaSiiiil i . M2 - John ' Greariias, with . gavel, acted a judge when his class from Dennis School visited the L. Jeanne Carmody, right, fifth grade teacher at . Dennis School, supervises a game of baseball on the Dennis School fTi? I ja3Ct iss M'Wre Price Prin" go over some paper work. fff Ww mi' ' 3teg4fef cipal at Dennis School, and her Dennis School is at 1499 W. I S ' " Jt1 secretary' lrs" Mar8aret Gei- Main St. & - - , ,"i ii i' L j 'vjx Macon County Court where John's father, Gus Greanias, is grounds. The old section of the present building was erected in 1910. city issue a special permit for use the real judge. This was one of the many outside trips planned 1 (vS-34 for Dennis School pupils and connected with units-of study. Armed Forces Day Speaker Brig. Gen. Andrew T. McAnsh, commanding general of the Illinois Military District, will ". be guest speaker at - the annual Armed Forces Day luncheon here May 21. The luncheon will be held at noon in the Hotel Orlando. From

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  1. The Decatur Daily Review,
  2. 07 May 1955, Sat,
  3. Page 6

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