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July 21, 2018

12/14/2009 2:47:00 PM
Central School Reunion
By the Central School Reunion Committee

Central Elementary School, 828 Main St. Evanston, Ill., (now named Park School) is having a reunion on April 30,  2010, from 6-9 pm, at the school.  We, the reunion committee, are trying to locate former students, staff and families that attended Central School.  It was an Evanston/Skokie School District 65 regular attendance center from 1891-1979.

The reunion committee would like people to contact us at or at our mailing address, Central Reunion Committee, P.O. Box # 571, Skokie, Ill 60076, with any historical data, memorabilia, keepsakes, pictures and other items of interest that can be displayed at the reunion gathering.  Please forward this information to any other students, parents, and families you know who would be interested in attending this event.

The place where Central School was located (now named Park School) has been an educational site since the first Central School was opened in 1891.  After a fire destroyed that building the current building was erected.  In the school year 1960-61, Central School became a non-grade level, developmental curriculum, team teaching site, under Principal Frank Vogel and remained so until it closed under Principal Warren Cherry.  There is a preschool named in memory of Warren Cherry in the Evanston Community.

The reunion committee is actively raising funds for a plaque of some sort to commemorate Central School and the long history of education under that name and on that site.  We were a small, naturally integrated, neighborhood based, family style school.  We want to get the family together again.

Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, July 2, 2018
Comment by: Vanessa Desimone Draper

I wish for another reunion. I attended Central School 1966-1971. I still keep in touch with my childhood friends!

Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017
Comment by: Robin Youse

Any future events I would like to be informed of. I went to Central School, K-6, ending in 1963.

I'm wondering about the words above that said the previous building had a fire. The previous building was not burned. When I was in 3rd grade, the current building was built in an L shape around the old building, which was then torn down. There was a fear of a fire in the old building, after the Our Lady of Angels fire and that prompted the new building.

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