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Garrison / Greystone School

One-Room Schoolhouse


See consolidated history under Booker T. Washington School


Garrison School in Greystone Heights areaLocation:   Clinton, Greystone, and State Line (Aug 23, 1921 Topping Valuation Company:  location is State Line and Greystone Blvd.)

Other Names:  Booker T. Washington

Profiles of African American Personalities in Wyandotte County, Kansas

Atlas - Toad-a-loup(e) and Greystone Heights

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A History of Black Education in Kansas City, Kansas, Readin', 'Riting, 'Rithmetic by William W. Boone, March 1986 (Copy located in the KCKs Public Library, 625 Minnesota Ave, KCKs, 913-551-3280). The school district is sincerely grateful to Mr. William W. Boone, Ms. Josephine C. Vandiver, and Mr. Jackson C. Van Trece for their research and preparation of this material. 

"The actual dates of construction and occupancy of the Booker T. Washington Elementary School were not available. It was known, however, that this school was at one time located at the corner of Greystone and Cambridge Avenues in the southern part of old Wyandot, Kansas. It was a room frame structure with a large, pot-bellied stove which was anchored to the wooden floor, dead center of the room. There was no plumbing or electricity in the building, therefore, the children had to use two "outhouses" when the rest room was needed. Of course, one outhouse was for girls and one was for boys. The location of these small buildings was about thirty feet behind the main building and they sat about fifteen feet apart. Sitting on a wooden stool in the corner and in front of the class was a water bucket filled with spring water for drinking purposes. Hanging on the side of the water bucket was a large rusty dipper. Every one drank from this dipper including the teacher. There were no library books for the children nor was there a blackboard for the children to do board work. Each child had his or her individual slate for that purpose.

There was only one teacher for all six grades in the school. When students completed the sixth grade, they were sent to the upper grades (7th and 9th grade) of Attucks. This transfer of students continued until the Northeast Junior High School was constructed in the northeast part of the city. To prevent over-crowding, the building was enlarged and at that time the two outhouses were removed, the pot-bellied stove lost its glamour to a fancier stove, water and electric lights were included in the remodeling of the old building.

There was another elementary school located in this same area known as the J. J. Lewis School (named to honor the first principal of Douglass Grade School). This school was located at Highland and Dudley Streets near the Argentine District. Like its neighboring school, Washington Elementary School, very little was found concerning the history of the J. J. Lewis Elementary School. It was known that in 1926, Amanda Gillespie was the first principal of the Lewis School. Later information revealed that Virginia Elliott also was a principal. It was in the mid 1920's the J. J. Lewis School was closed and the building was razed soon after that period.

Since the elementary schools for Black children were scattered throughout the Kansas City, Kansas school district, the Board of Education was faced with the problem of getting those children who had completed the upper elementary grades, to the only junior high for Black children. This junior high school was located in the extreme northeast part of the city. A contract was awarded to a Black business man, Mr. W. R. McCallop, to transport children by bus to the Northeast Junior High School. Mr. McCallop had a fleet of small yellow buses that transported Black children from all parts of the city. This fleet of school buses could be seen as far south as Shawnee Mission, Kansas. Mr. McCallop was one of the few Black persons who lived in the Shawnee Mission district. His children had to attend Northeast Junior High School, since Shawnee Mission made no effort to educate Black children in the 1920's and 1930's. The McCallop buses could be seen in the east bottoms of Kansas City, Missouri, the west bottoms of Kansas City, Kansas and they traveled as far west as Edwardsville, Kansas. As mentioned previously, busing is nothing new to the Kansas City, Kansas school system."

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