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Humboldt School
Humboldt School
TitleHumboldt School
DescriptionPostcard of the Humboldt School
Historical ArticleOld deserted dwellings, unoccupied store-rooms and damp gloomy basements in churches were rented by the school board in 1867 as classroom space.

Then in April, 1868, the Washington School at 8th and Cherry was erected, the first public school building. The Humboldt School at the northwest corner of 12th and Locust was the second building erected, in November, 1868.

Additions were made to the old Humboldt School from time to time until it was sold in 1903 to W. H. Harrelson of Clay County for $75,000.

The school board then purchased a site at 11th and Holmes, where a beautiful modern structure of 16 rooms, with a seating capacity of 900 pupils, was erected.

The new Humboldt School, as pictured on the early post card, was opened in September, 1904. It served Kansas City well, educating many of its leading citizens.

The following are some of the former students: Ralph Latshaw, Miles Bulger, George Birmingham, William Dornseif, Henry Faxon, Beverly Platt, George B. Longan, Walter Longan, Richard Wiles, Crawford James, Dell Dutton, Eugene Woolf, Harold Kuhn, Eddie Kuhn, Theodore Criley, Jay De Jarnette, Frank Ridge, Lee Shippey, Eddie Ulreich, Boyde Fisher, Frank Gentry, Hazel Woillard, Alice Bradley, Edwin White, Harry Askew, Willie Stine, Thomas Ridge, Sidney Hare, Willie Buckner, Willie Tobener, Charles Merrill, Charles Schwitzgabel, Charlie Baer, Dr. Frank Herbst, Harry Olmstead, Willie Peet, Eddie Birmingham, Joseph Wirthman and Elmore Gillette. Many of the former pupils served in the first World War. These gave their lives: Rufus Montgall, Willie Sauer, Cortez Campbell and Isadore Levin.

Today the school still is in use at this location as an alternate school. Senior high school subjects are taught. The school is operated to serve students who have problems and difficulties in adjusting to the traditional classroom activity.

Kansas City Star
June 15, 1974

AuthorRay, Mrs. Sam (Mildred)
Item TypePostcard
CollectionMrs. Sam Ray Postcard Collection (SC58)
See finding aid: http://localhistory.kclibrary.org/u?/Local,36981
Local SubjectSchools
Public Schools
Humboldt School
Digital FormatJPEG
RepositoryMissouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri
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