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A brief history of the history of Crooked Creek School, MSD Washington Twp., Indianapolis, IN

A brief history of the history of Crooked Creek School, MSD Washington Twp., Indianapolis, IN

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  • 1. Crooked Creek
    • 1837 - 2009
  • 2. Pioneer Days
    • School #7 - 1876
  • 3. A Permanent Location
    • John Wesley Roberts gave about an acre of ground to the township trustee... as long as it was used for educational purposes.
    • Mr. Roberts died during the Civil War, in 1864. His grave is close to the intersection of Cold Springs Rd. and Michigan Rd.
  • 4. A Permanent Building
    • Earliest schools were log or frame; susceptible to fire
    • 1891 - first brick building “Bell Tower”
    • Crooked Creek School
  • 5. Supportive Community
    • 1916 - smaller schools consolidated into fewer locations
    • Built to be able to expand
    • Entrance faced Michigan Road
  • 6. Growing...
    • 1927 - north end mirrored the south end
    • Ornate entrance still faced Michigan Road
    • Growing population
  • 7. Still growing...
    • 1946
    • Yet another addition, to the back side (west) of the building
  • 8. Modernizing...
    • 1964
    • Entrance moved to west side of building
    • Michigan Road had become a major thoroughfare
  • 9. A Total Rebuild
    • CC “closed” in 1983 for reconstruction
    • Students and some teachers moved to Grandview
    • Oldest parts of CC were demolished; integrated into new building
  • 10. A Modern School
    • CC Reopened in fall, 1985
    • ‘ Open Concept’ design to facilitate IGE
    • Grounds feature wooded areas, creek, playground area
  • 11. Reminders of the Past...
    • “ The Arch”: former entrance saved as a landmark during reconstruction
    • Helps envision location of former building(s)
  • 12. Full Circle?
    • 2005 - dedication of SerVaas Cabin on CC grounds, near the creek
    • Opportunities to learn lessons of the past to enhance our future
    • Supportive parents and neighbors still vital partners