The Jefferson City Public School District officially opened in Missouri’s capital city when its first schoolhouse, affectionately known as the House on Hobo Hill, served students on Miller Street in 1838. Enrollment numbers were low in the early years, sometimes fewer than 30 students; however, the number of students has steadily climbed ever since. In September 2012, over 8,750 students attended classes in 18 different buildings in the district.
This “family album” not only explains the growth and development of the schools, but also shares personal anecdotes from alumni and former staff members. The chapters include VIPs from each era and special sections devoted to student activities and supporters. Readers will discover who began the music and art programs, Little Olympics, high school sports, and Jasper the Jaybird. Also many photos highlight the people, places, and events that made Jefferson City Public Schools the unique entity it has become.
Whether alumni, parents, staff, or other supporters, enjoy this journey through the past 175 years of both the tradition and evolution of the Jefferson City Public Schools.