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School History

Field Elementary School

On the close of Eugene Field School, the name was moved to an already existing school in the northeast part of town, Whittier School. Located at 26th Street and Gene Field Road, Whittier originally consisted of two rooms. As the population increased in the northeast part of the city, additions were made to the original building. In the summer of 1973, the oldest part of the school burned, destroying the office, four large classrooms, the gymnasium and the long hall which had beautiful arched windows that opened out. The fire was probably caused by burning trash escaping from the incinerator smokestack, landing on the old dry wooden shingle roof. The building was redesigned and by 1974 a renovated building continued under the name of Eugene Field School. A library was added, the main office centralized and the parking lot and circle drive was created.