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The Evolution of Parke County Schools


 By Chloe Kramer

Sentinel Reporter

Schools in Parke County used to look a lot different than they do now. Students would begin the school year in late August, and the school year would end in mid-to-late May. Additionally, students’ first day would be on a Friday, and they would only attend school for half the day of their first day back in school.

Parke County had 118 schools in 1870, 110 in 1912, and 66 in 1934. Adams Township had the most schools in 1874 with 13, but Florida Township was a close second with 12. Inversely, Reserve and Sugar Creek townships were the smallest with only five schools each. There were 5,374 students enrolled in Parke County schools in 1870, but the number of students fell to 4,919 in 1912.

Of the almost 100 schools in Parke County, there were only nine high schools; Rockville, Bloomingdale and Montezuma were the only public options for students. Rosedale, Bellmore, Mecca, Marshall, Bridgeton and Tangier all hosted private school options.

For the full article, see this week’s edition of the Parke County Sentinel.