The following quoted data was taken from the 1878 Woodford County History.
school of which we can get any record was taught by a Mr. Ellmore
at a very early day, in Squire Williams' barn. He
stayed a great deal at Mr. Williams, making it a kind of home, and while there,
taught this school, which is supposed to be the first in the township, and
among the first taught in the county. The first
schoolhouse in the town was built in the neighborhood or Mr. Hall's, years ago,
so long that the site is forgotten. Hosher built a log schoolhouse at
In 1878, there
were 324 students attending school in all of
The original 1876 structure went through several modifications over the years. A basement was added and a hot lunch program instituted. A four-room frame addition was put on in 1940.
On December 8, 1953, at , the 1876 school was destroyed by fire, and consequently the complete frame structure had to be razed. A new three-room building had been completed in 1950, so half-day sessions were used until additional facilities could be completed. Additional rooms were added in 1952, 1954, 1960, and 1970.
On Saturday, November 5, 1977, the Germantown Hills school district residents voted on, and passed, by a large majority, a $475,000 bond issue to build a new junior high school.
home construction in the Germantown Hills school district posed long term
problems for the Board of Education in terms of pupil growth and area for
future school needs. In conjunction with the Capital
Development Board of the State of
August 24, 1980, the new junior high school building was officially dedicated
and named the
In 1950, the school enrollment was 60, and four teachers were employed. Enrollment for the 2000-01 school year was approximately 775 students, with 95 faculty or staff employed.
The summer of 1982 marked the completion and dedication of a major project jointly undertaken by the school district and the Germantown Hills Athletic Association. Five new baseball/softball fields, complete with chain link fencing, were used for the first time. The estimated cost of this project was $40,000. The three fields at the elementary school were named in honor of Charles Nordbusch, former school board member and long time booster in the Athletic Association.
Following a recession in the early 1980's, home construction rebounded in the Germantown Hills area beginning about 1986. With the new home construction also came additional students. Because of the increase in student population, from 500 in 1986 to 610 at the end of the 1988-89 school year, it was necessary to have additional classroom space to accommodate the student growth.
In November 1989, voters approved a referendum for the addition of five classrooms on to the existing junior high school building. At the same time the library was expanded, additional restrooms were installed, and a storage area on the north end of the building was added. The construction began April 1, 1990, and was completed August 1, 1990.
At the same time the additional classrooms were added, the fifth grades were moved to the junior high school building and the building was changed from a junior high school to a middle school building for grades 5 - 8. On August 21, 1990, school opened with a record enrollment of 680 students in grades K-8.
early 1990's new home construction in the
In April of 1993, voters approved a bond referendum to add six (6) classrooms, a kitchen addition, and a multi-purpose room onto the middle school to help alleviate large class sizes. The classroom project began in September of 1993, and was completed during the summer of 1994. Students first started using the classrooms on August 23, 1994.
Student enrollment of the 2001-02 school year stood at 799. New subdivisions in the school district continued to add students to the district's enrollment. Kindergarten pre-enrollment for the 2002-03 school year was over 100 students for the first time in the school district's history.
Due to continued community growth, on August 24, 2004, a fifteen room (25,920 sq. ft.) addition was opened at the middle school building. Grade levels were re-configured so that grades 3 & 4 were moved to the middle school building. The elementary building now houses grades Pre-K through 2, and the middle school now consists of a 3-5 grade intermediate wing and a 6-8 grade junior high wing.
As houses continued to be built, the district's enrollment continued to go up, causing yet another addition to be planned and built at the middle school. An additional ten classrooms, restrooms, an office area, band room, and 1,000 capacity gymnasium are the most recent additions to the district, having been opened in August 2007 as our district student enrollment approached 1,000. In March of 2008, the new gymnasium was officially dedicated and name the Joseph D. Stieglitz Gymnasium in honor of the retiring superintendent and his 31 years of service.
The old state
road, which ran from
This is but a
brief synopsis of the rich history enjoyed by the