Quarry School celebrates 150th birthday today: November 20, 2018

A November 24, 1868, Waukesha newspaper announced the dedication of a new school on the “evening of Friday last”:

A New School House.—The school house in District No. 3, Pewaukee, (The Deissner Mill District.) was formally dedicated on the evening of Friday last. The exercises consisted of addresses by Mr. Gaylord of Milwaukee, Supt. Green, and others, interspersed with singing by the children of the district. This school house is of stone, and is probably the best house in the county of its size, erected at a cost of about $1,600, furnished and painted in the best style, size 28 x 26 feet, and 14 feet between joints [this means ceiling height], affording ample desk-room for 68 pupils, convenient recitation ground and seats, extensive black-board, cloak-rooms, wood-closet, provisions for ventilation, and surmounted with a cupola for a bell. The contract for the masonry was awarded to S. Eales, and the carpentering to the Hartwells, of this village. The school term of this District commenced yesterday, under the tuition of Mr. Eales.

Note that the school was not named at this time and was comprised of only one classroom. The second classroom of identical configuration was added in 1878. It is the newer wing which is most visible from the road.

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