Vadnais historical past: Education in the '50s and '60s – White Bear Press

The primary Lake Vadnais Faculty, a log cabin, was constructed in 1850 by founding households Vadnais, Garceau and Bibeau close to current-day Centerville Street and Edgerton Avenue. 

Inhabitants development led to the constructing of a brand new faculty (a body constructing, 20-by-30 ft) in 1875. Referred to as District 6, it was constructed at the intersection of current-day Centerville and Koehler Roads, the web site of current-day Vadnais Heights Elementary Faculty. In 1892, a brand new brick schoolhouse changed the 1875 constructing; finally it will be referred to as 6A or “Large 6” as a result of in 1906 a a lot smaller schoolhouse (a one-room body constructing) was constructed at Labore Street and current-day Willow Boulevard. Often known as 6B, “Little 6” or Willow Lake Faculty, it served Little Canada youngsters who lived on Labore Street. 

A number of different faculties had been constructed in the early mid-century.

Late mid-century

brings current-day faculty

In 1948, 6A Faculty was not a lot totally different from when it was first constructed in 1892. The biffy was nonetheless outdoors; older college students took turns pumping water from the properly for ingesting and for laundry in the cloakroom, and warmth rose from the massive coal-fired furnace in the basement by a large grate in the flooring. The one change was that the faculty’s single classroom had been divided to type two school rooms. Pupil inhabitants development quickly pressured the District Faculty Board to construct a brand new faculty; $140,000 was raised to construct a really trendy and very totally different faculty. 

The dedication of current-day Vadnais Heights Elementary Faculty happened in November 1951 when it changed the outdated redbrick 6A Faculty. It too was brick — a golden brick — however comparisons between the new 6A faculty and the outdated 6A Faculty ended there. The brand new faculty had six school rooms, a library, an workplace and a mix gymnasium-cafeteria. Fortunately, the bogs had been indoors. Starting in 1955, the faculty started serving scorching lunches. It averaged 218 scorching lunches per day in 1956. Native sixth-graders began to attend the faculty patrol summer time camp referred to as “Legionville.” A Minnesota Centennial program at the faculty drew 500 for the present and lunch. 

At first, there weren't even keen first-graders. Till 1953, the new faculty housed solely grades three – eight; first- and second-graders attended Davidson/6D Faculty to the north on County Street F. Twin Lake Faculty and Willow Lake Faculty (6B Faculty) had been now not used as faculties; Willow Lake Faculty grew to become a house. 

Consolidation was the subsequent power to change the Lake Vadnais faculties. In 1952, District 6 mixed with 4 different space faculty districts (5, 19, 23 and 26) to type White Bear Lake Space Faculty District 624. It was felt that elementary faculty was so totally different from highschool transitional faculty was wanted. Consequently, college students in grades 7 and eight traveled to White Bear Lake to attend Central Junior Excessive Faculty. As well as, the newly consolidated district instituted half-day kindergarten to prepared babies to study to learn and sit by a full faculty day. Since the faculties had been extra distant from youngsters’s houses, faculty buses started driving the village streets. (Lake Vadnais was included as a village in 1957, and in 1965, the village of Vadnais Heights purchased Davidson/6D Faculty (closed in 1955) from the District 624 for $5,000 to turn into its first Village Corridor.) 

By 1959, the new 6A Faculty had added six extra school rooms, a lecturers’ lounge and extra places of work, and by 1961 the faculty was renamed Vadnais Heights Elementary. It educated greater than 370 college students annually. 

Editor’s Notice: That is half 4 of a 4-half sequence on schooling historical past in Vadnais Heights submitted by Nicola Kelley Hyser, editor of “Reflections from the Lake: A 160-Yr Historical past of the Vadnais Heights Group” by Rose-Ellen Soler.

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