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S C H 0 O L S O F PARIS IN 1 9 1 1
This plate was copied from an old souvenir pamphlet of Paris published in 1911.
The Redmon school on South Central Avenue was built in 1911 to accommodate the grade children in the. south part of Paris.
The First Ward grade school, known later as the Sandford school, was the oldest school in Paris at this time. It was condemned and torn down in 1930.
The Tanner school on Chestnut street was built in 1899. It replaced the old Union school which stood on the same site. It is also used by the lower grades.
1'he old High School between East Wood and East Court Streets was built in 1882 to replace the old Methodist Seminary, which burned in 1881. This three story brick building was used by both grades and high school until 1909. After this date it was used by the grades only, and the name was changed to Mayo. This building was destroyed by fire in 1927, and was replaced by the present two storv brick structure.
Februarv 9, 1909. the high school department moved into this new two storv building on South Main Street.
The St. Mary’s parochial school on North Main Street was built in 1899 m the site of tin1 old Edgar Academy. It is not shown in this cut.
The Vance grade school on North Main Street was not built until 1912.
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class for thirteen families. The tuition was five dollars a pupil for six months; (ire wood was furnished hy the subscribers. In 1825 the legislature of Illinois passed a law providing for the district system which created the first public schools supported by taxation. The first school district in this county was organized by the county commissioners’ court on March 7. 1826. embracing the village of Paris and the adjacent farms.
In 1828 Isaac Alexander taught a school here, and later another was taught hy Milton Vance, who held his school in a log cabin south of the
present public square, surrounded hy
a stockade of broad puncheons split Mrs
from oak trees.
H.S. Faculty, 1887-1891. Maria Nelson, principal. M iss Mayine Boyd.
M iss Nelle McCarty.
THE CLASS OF 1883
Adam Mann Frank Stalnaker
Second How Dora Wyatt Mollie Smith Maine Sellar May Me Beth Julia Brown Mollie Bovell Lola Marrs Gertie McCarty Bessie Boyd
Will V. Holley John Logan W. S. Lamon Fred Cretors
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In 1841 Reverend Henry I. Venable organized the Edgar Academy on a six-acre tract where the Catholic Church now stands. Scarcely a family in Edgar County from 1841 to I836 failed to be represented in the clientele of that school. In 1848 a Methodist Seminary was erected on the present Mayo School site; the church built the first two stories and a temperance society built the third and used it as a meeting ball. When the Paris Union School District was organized in 1860. this building became a public school. In 1875 the site was purchased from the Methodist Church, and the building was used for school purposes until destroyed by fire in 1881. It was replaced by a three story brick building erected on the same site in 1882. This building was used for both grade and high school until 1909.
In 1871 the new district opened its first free publicly supported high school with Professor Alfred E. Harvey as superintendent. Grammar, rhetoric, ancient and modern history, four years of Latin, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, chemistry, botany, zoology, physiology, and mental philosophy were taught.
The high school department moved into a new two-story building on South Main Street on February 9. 1909. At this time there were nine teachers in high school and a student body of two hundred fifty. The new building contained about twenty-
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