KEEPING UP WITH THE FAST-PACED DEVELOPMENT OF DISTRICT 54 SCHOOLS

As fast as they were building houses in Schaumburg Townshp during the 1950s, 60s and 70s, they were building schools too.  It was an amazing time of development for this once rural township and the schools were always full to bursting.  By the time one school opened its doors, another one was needed.  The following list depicts the years the schools were built in the district.

 

Schaumburg School

[Schaumburg School]

1950s

  • 1954:  Schaumburg
  • 1956:  Twinbrook
  • 1957:  Hoffman and Fairview
  • 1958:  Blackhawk
  • 1959:  Lakeview

1960s

  • 1961:  Campanelli and Hillcrest
  • 1964:  Frost Jr. High and Hanover Highlands
  • 1965:  Churchill
  • 1966:  Dooley and MacArthur
  • 1967:  Fox and Keller Jr. High
  • 1969:  Addams Jr. High and Hale

1970s

  • 1971:  Aldrin, Armstrong, Collins and Dirksen
  • 1972:  Muir
  • 1973:  Eisenhower Jr High and Link
  • 1974:  Einstein and Hoover
  • 1975:  Stevenson
  • 1976:  Nerge and Enders-Salk
  • 1978:  Blackwell

1980s

  • 1980:  Mead Jr. High

Hoffman School

[Hoffman School]

Just looking at the schools and knowing their locations, it is possible to track where the development was occurring in the township.  It started in the 1950s with the building of Schaumburg School.  For years there had been a one-room schoolhouse public school system in the township.  With the movement towards consolidation, Schaumburg School was built as THE school for the students in the  township.  But then Hoffman Estates happened and with that boom came the schools that were built throughout the rest of the 1950s by F&S Construction near Higgins and Golf Roads.

In the decade of the 1960s, growth continued in Hoffman Estates but it also began to spread out a bit into the Weathersfield development in Schaumburg and in the Hanover Highlands subdivision in the southern part of the township.  Many of the Weathersfield schools were built by Alfred Campanelli, the developer of this large subdivision.  This was also the decade when it became clear to the administration and the school district board that it was necessary to build junior high schools to funnel the students through. As a result, not one, not two, but three junior highs were built that decade!  They were spread out to accomodate the students in all areas and to minimize the need for busing as much as possible.

The 1970s saw thirteen schools open, with four opening in 1971 alone.  It was obviously the high point of development.  Houses were now being built in the Elk Grove portion of the township and in the more western parts of Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates.   Clearly the need for elementary schools was back in full swing.  Another junior high was also built to encompass the northwestern part of the township.

Residential growth began to subside at the end of the seventies with one last school being built in 1980. Not surprisingly, it was a junior high that was the final school built in the district. The school was located in the far eastern portion of the township to accommodate the later development of Elk Grove Village and portions of Roselle.

0458

[Blackhawk School]

By the time the last school opened, the district was made up of 25 elementary schools (Blackhawk had already closed) and five junior high schools. Enrollment peaked in the 1977-78 school year with 17,427 students.

It was an incredible time of growth and development which culminated in the gradual creation of the largest elementary school district in the state of Illinois–a title they still retain to this day.  Some schools have closed over the years and others have had their spaces redesigned.  The district currently has 21 elementary schools, five junior high schools, one early childhood center and one kindergarten through eighth grade school with an average enrollment of around 14,000 students for the entire district.

For those of you who grew up during the madcap years of development, you must have found yourself moving from school to school as the district worked to keep up with the influx of students. What was it like to attend different schools as you progressed through the elementary grades?  Did you sustain your friendships as you moved or were the friendships largely based on the kids in your neighborhood who were in the same situation?  As always, your details help to create the larger picture.  Please share if you’d like!

Next week a look at the naming of the schools…

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library

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