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ict with three directors to a village school district
ith six directors. The new board decided to
tablish what was then termed tlu'ee ward schools
one at Valley, one at the north end and another
t the south end of the district. 330,000.00 was
oted for the purpose of purchasing two school
ites and erecting and equipping a four room brick
building on each site. Thus the East Richmond
and the Sutton schools came into existence.
These schools were opened to pupils in November
Miss Clara Wilder was the first superintend-
entg Miss Anna Jennings, first principal of Val-
leyg Miss Anita Bohnsack, first principal of East
Richmondg Miss Julia Brossard, first principal of
The pupils finishing the eighth grade who
wanted a high school education had to pay tuition
in St. Louis and other districts, so in 1907 the
board established the first high school with Corne-
lia Brossard in charge of all classes. This high
school was started in a one story frame building to
the rear of the eight room frame building at the
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The first Maplewood High School Building.
Valley School. This building had been built for
the overflow of third grade pupils before Sutton
and East Richmond Schools were built.
An urgent need for a second teacher was soon
brought to the board's attention, and a partition
was erected in this one frame building, and it
became a two' teacher high school in 1908. Wil-
liam Robertson replaced Miss Clara Wilder as
Superintendent in 1908.
In 1909, a 345,000.00 bond issue was voted.
The two story frame building at Valley was razed
and a brick addition with laboratory on the third
lfloor was built onto the brick building erected in
1901. Domestic Science fnow Home Economicsj,
Manual Training, Music and Art were started.
With this program the Maplewood District
became one of the first in St. Louis County to
offer a High School Program.
Until 1909 there was no provision for education
of Negro children in the comnnmity. In that year
the board rented the building on Dale Avenue,
which is now the Church of the Living God, as a
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Nearly 157 years ago, in 1819, a young man
twenty-one years of age, James L. Sutton, Jr.,
made his way out from New Jersey to St. Louis to
help his older brother in his blacksmith shop at
Second and Spruce Streets. Seven years later he
had saved enough money to buy a 134 acre farm
five or six miles southwest of St. Louis. It was
part of a three square mile Spanish land grant
bought from the heirs of Charles Gratiot for "a
dollar and a bit" per acre. Ten years later he
bought another 54 acres, this time paying 57.50
St. Louis was growing. In the 1830's he moved
with his wife and child to a log cabin on the farm.
As his children came of school age, he gave an
acre of ground for a school house on the Man-
chester Road six miles from the St. Louis Court-
house near McCausland Avenue.
This was the beginning of the Maplewood-
Richmond Heights School District. It was called
the Washington Institute when it opened in 1840.
Later it was known as the Benton Station School.
After the first steam locomotive west of the Mis-
sissippi River had made its historic five mile run
from the Fourteenth Street Station to Chelten-
ham Station in ten minutes in the year 1852, Ben-
ton Station was soon opened a mile west of Chel-
tenham, at the site of the school on Manchester
Road. The school nearby was given in time, also
the name of Senator Thomas Hart Benton, a trus-
tee of the St. Louis public school lands and cham-
pion of free public education as well as of an
This early school district was Township 6, Dis-
trict 4. It was three times larger than the size o
the present Maplewood-Richmond Height
School District. Its limits included a part of th
Webster Groves District on the south and south
west, a large portion of the City of St. Louis an
extended as far north as Clayton Road. Most of i
lay within Sutton's farm, as did the City o
Maplewood, founded later.
The present Maplewood-Richmond Height
district boundaries were defined when the City 0
St. Louis seceded from the County in 1877
James Sutton, Jr., who had served on the schoo
board for the old district of Township 6, District
from 1869, was instrumental in organizing th
School District of Maplewood and became Presi
dent of the first school board for this county are
serving until 1908. During Mr. Sutton's time
two story frame building, which stood in th
woods west of Big Bend Road and probably o
Comfort Avenue, was rented as the first school.
School was opened in February of 1877.
The school directors purchased the old Valle
School site and erected a one room building,
which was opened in 1888. Another room was
added in 1889. The school became known as the
Bartold Valley School, the name later bein
shortened to the Valley School. In 1892 these two
rooms were replaced by an eight room two story
frame building, and one of the two first rooms was
moved to 7553 Woodland Avenue. 1901 saw the
first brick building - a four room addition in
front of the eight frame rooms at Valley School.
The fast growing community held an election in
March, 1906, and changed from a rural school dis-
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