HISTORY OF JORDAN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
There is no official date for the beginning of the first public school in Jordan although there is a reference made to a two-story schoolhouse as far back as 1858.
1872 (estimated) - 1897 This public school fronted Varner Street. It had four rooms, four teachers and 300 students. The building was demolished in May of 1897 and a new school was built on that site. (above)
1897 - 1920 Built for $12,000, the “Castle” school was built of brick and stone and has seven classrooms. It was destroyed by fire in March of 1920 and a new school was built on that site. (above)
1920 - 1965 A three-story building of concrete, steel and stone cost $125,000. A new auditorium was added in 1939 at a cost of $46,000. From 1965-1970, grades K-6 went to this school, and from 1970-1976 grades 1-4 went there. The building was demolished in May of 1979 and the Schule Haus (elderly residence) was built on this site. (above)
1965 - 2003 The new high school was built on Sunset Drive for a cost of $1.1 million. A new addition was added in 1970 for a cost of $960,000. From 1970 - 1976, this building housed Kindergarten and grades 5-12. In 2003, this building became a middle school for grades 5-8. (above)
1976 - present A new elementary building built at 815 Sunset Drive, housing grades K-6 (up to 2003). The building cost was $1.4 million. Presently, grades K-4 attend this school. (above)
2002 - present Two additions were added to the existing Elementary building. One which currently houses the Kindergarten and first grade and one for the purposes of Early Learning Services.
2003 - present The new 130,000 square foot Jordan High School, at 600 Sunset Drive, opened for grade 9-12. Cost of the building was $20.5 million. (above)
2016 - present A complete remodel of the Jordan Middle School is opened officially to students. This project, to include an adjacent $45,000 community education and recreation center. Together, both project cost $35 million. (above)
(credit: Jordan Independent Newspaper and Jordan Public Schools)