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Hail to our Newton High!
Grateful are we,
Of days we've spent with you,
Our praise we sing to thee.
May all our friendships be
Loyal, strong, and true.
Raise high the red and white.
We 're proud of you.
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From the schooling of one man's seven children, with those of his neighbor's, in a home before an open
fireplace and on seats of wooden sticks, to the first schoolhouse built in 1811, we see a start of education
in Newton Township. This school had a clapboard roof, oak door swinging on wooden hinges, and seats
from hewn logs.
From 1813 to 1875 there were thirteen schoolhouses erected in the township, giving employment to thir-
teen teachers. One of these was erected in Pleasant Hill in 1866, serving subdistrict No. 7, and employ-
ing that year, Oliver Furnas and Harriet Moore, as teachers.
In 1875, erected just west of the present site, a 60' by 62' structure was built. This building consisted
of six large rroms heated by steam, as well as a hall on the third floor capable of seating three hundred pu-
In 1879 the enrollment reached the total of six hundred and sixty-nine, and twenty-three teachers were
employed. In 1921 the district of Pleasant Hill was dissolved and united with the township districts to form
Newton Township School District as we know it today.
The present building, which includes twenty-five classrooms and a modern cafeteria, was completed in
1923 at a cost of 5250, 000. In 1939 the gym and auditorium were dismantled and the present gymnasium
Although additional adjustments have been added, such as an instant lighting system, the soundproof-
ing of parts of the building, and the addition of floodlights to the ball field, better educational facilities
for our community are needed, therefore the community recently voted the bond issue to install more mod-
ern heating units and additional building space.
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