A look back at school buildings in Newton, Ks from the 1880s to 1950.
The earliest school in Newton was opened September 2, 1872 with Mary A. Boyd as the teacher. Classes were held in the Ringolsky Building on the east side of Main between 5th & 6th Streets. A wood frame school building, located in the area of Military Park today, was constructed and in use by January 1873. In 1879, a six room brick structure was built near 1st & Pine in Newton.
Constructed in 1884, the Lincoln School cost $15,000. This building also served as the High School for a number of years. The first class graduated in 1884.
Cooper School served as the high school from 1889 to 1914.
Washington School located “at the foot of Main Street” in Newton.
Newton High School
In 1914, Newton High School was built, with a dedication ceremony on May 11, 1914. Samuel Greenebaum, a Newton High graduate, was the architect for the building that cost $95,000.
- Newton Kansan 50th Anniversary Edition, Aug 22, 1922 p. 69-70.