Verndale School

In the summer of 1878, the community built a school building on the north side of the village at a cost of $1,200, at the time it was by far the best school house in the county. Prof. O. H. Hubbard was the first principal, with Miss Angie Smith as assistant. Miss. Cora Butler was employed as the first teacher. Two more teachers were hired for the Fall and Winter terms. By the Fall of 1880, 50 students were enrolled at the Verndale School. S.L. Frazier came from Wisconsin in 1881 to become principal of the Verndale school. In 1885, TC Myers was contracted to build a handsome brick school. The cost of the school was $6,000. A site was selected on the south side of the village, on the site of the present day school. This building burned in May 1915 and a new structure replaced it.

 

  Verndale's second school erected in 1885 by Thomas C. Myers, a contractor and early pioneer of the village. This building burned in May of 1915.
  An addition was made to the 1915 structure in 1936 including a gymnasium/auditorium (seating 700) and additional classroom space. Another addition, to the rear, was competed in 1954. This addition provided classroom space for grades one through six. In 1965, a large addition added a new gymnasium, classroom space, and industrial shop area to the building. In the 1990's, the original 1915 building was demolished to make way for a new addition, which was added to the front of the building.
 
  The third Verndale school built in 1915, after the second school building burned.
 
  1937 photo of Verndale Public School with addition (right 1/2 of building).
 
  2005 photo of Verndale Public School with 1990s addition to the front of the building and the 1915 building demolished.

 

Information and photos on this page were collected through my own research and information
gleaned from Pages from History published by the Verndale Historical Society.

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