The History of East Batavia and West Batavia High Schools
Batavia (population 23,866) is located in northeastern Illinois and
is a western suburb of Chicago. The town sits in the southeastern portion of Kane County. Illinois Routes 25 and 31
pass through town, connecting it to Interstate Highway 88 just 2 miles to the south. The Fox River also passes through
Batavia and was a major influence in the town's early growth.
"One of the most marked changes which has taken place in the schools
in the past four years is the consolidation of Districts 101 and 102, commonly termed East Batavia and West Batavia,
into one district. From September, 1909, to the spring of 1911, one superintendent had charge of both districts,
but at the April meeting of the Township School Trustees in 1911, upon a petition of the people of both districts,
the schools were united into a new district.
This was in line with steps which have been taken and are being taken by
districts all over the country where two or more school districts have existed in one municipality. Among other noticeable
effects is the increase of the high school enrollment from one hundred twenty to on hundred eighty-nine, and a corresponding
decrease in the per capita cost for high school pupils from fifty-four to fifty-seven dollars down to about forty dollars,
while the number of courses offered to students is greater, and the standing of the high school very materially increased
as is shown in another connection.
It is not desired at this time to discuss to great length the effects of
consolidation, but it has made for economy and increased school spirit throughout the schools."
More historical information on the Batavia school system can be found at the city's official website page
of http://www.cityofbatavia.net/Content/templates/?a=685 . The original East Side School was razed in 1978, The original West Side School was torn down in 1950
East Batavia & West Batavia High School Quick Facts
West Side School - 1867
Side School - 1893
Year High Schools combined: 1911
Batavia High School
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