Looking back: Washington Elementary School

Warren Weekly | Published June 22, 2016


These photos briefly tell the tale of Washington Elementary School, which was the first school building in Van Dyke Public Schools. When Washington first began, it was a one-room wooden schoolhouse and handled grades one through eight. As the community grew, a new Washington Elementary was constructed in 1971 with a new library, learning center and three special education classrooms.

Washington was a starting ground for many programs helping special-needs students. Peggy Erity was the first speech therapist in VDPS.

The original Washington Elementary School, pictured, was eventually torn down and a new building was built. Due to a decrease in enrollment, Washington closed as an elementary school several years ago.

Source: “The Bicentennial Section” publication from Van Dyke Public Schools, provided by school board member Eleanor Bates