Looking Back: Cook School

Grosse Pointe Times | Published October 16, 2013


Cook School, pictured here in the 1890s, is a one-room schoolhouse that opened as the Fractional District No. 9 School in 1890. The school was originally built on land at Mack, near Lochmoor Boulevard.

The school initially was built to house 60 students from first-eighth grades, even though only 30 students attended the first year it opened. The school focused on reading, writing, arithmetic, geography, English grammar, U.S. history and orthography (spelling). Physiology and civil government were added later.

Kindergarten students started attending the school in about 1920.

The building has been used for services for a few different churches over the years, as well as serving as a music studio and private residence in the 1960s, among other uses.

Larry Campbell, a developer who purchased the building, offered it to the city of Grosse Pointe Woods and made a large donation for moving costs.

Cook Schoolhouse was moved to Ghesquiere Park, near City Hall, 20025 Mack Plaza in Grosse Pointe Woods, in December 2006. It took 45 minutes to drive the schoolhouse to its new home.

The Historical Commission is hosting an open house from 10 a.m.-noon on Sept. 21. The public is encouraged to come out and explore more of the school’s rich history.

Photo and information provided by the Grosse Pointe Woods Historical Commission

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