Park Elementary School

1025 N Main St, Wichita, KS 67203

Park elementary school opened in 1885.  Making it one of the oldest schools in Wichita.  But what you see today is not the original. It was named Park because it sat on Park Street. Park Street would later be changed to Ninth. The school also sat along Court Street, which would later be known as Main Street.  One lot sat on Church Street, which is now called Water Street.

On November 8, 1885, The Wichita Eagle gave a description of the new building.  “The Park school house, is a fine structure of basement stone, pitch face range work, finished with brick, with tower 90 feet high… The first story contains three school rooms nicely furnished with heating and ventilating apparatus, with black boards surrounding each room.  The basement has two playrooms and one room for the boiler… The sightly and architectural design is quite striking, and in the fine central position which it occupies on Court and Water streets command a position that is at once convenient and sets off that part of the city to good advantage.”

The current building opened in 1921. The building had 14 classrooms and an auditorium. In 1955 and in 1961, the auditorium was converted into classrooms and a library.

In 1989, Park became part of the Horace Mann Foreign Language Elementary Magnet School complex.

The 2000 bond issue brought a multipurpose room, kitchen, library and seven new classrooms.  The new additions were dedicated on September 19, 2002

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