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Corunna in Shiawassee County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Corunna Public Schools / Shiawassee Street School

 
 
Corunna Public Schools / Shiawassee Street School Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, June 24, 2018
1. Corunna Public Schools / Shiawassee Street School Marker
Inscription.  
Corunna Public Schools
The Corunna School District was organized in 1842. Later that year a one-story frame schoolhouse was constructed. A teacher, Miss Cook, was hired in 1843 and received the "unprecedented salary of $2.50 per week" and the "privilege of boarding 'round" in the community. In 1851 a two-story brick school was built to accommodate Corunna's growing population. A larger, three-story brick school was erected in 1866 just north of the schoolhouse. In the fall of 1882, both buildings burned. Another three-story brick school was constructed later that year to serve grades kindergarten through twelve. On April 14, 1908, that school burned. The present school was built that same year with funds from insurance policies and a city bond issue.

Shiawassee Street School
Edwyn A. Bowd of Lansing, an architect popular in the early twentieth century for his plans of public buildings, designed the Shiawassee Street School, which opened in January 1909. Rickman and Son, who built the Shiawassee County Courthouse in 1903-1904, constructed this school at a cost of $31,000. The Georgian Revival-style school
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is trimmed in limestone. The bell in the cupola was cast in 1882 and donated by the Corunna Presbyterian Church upon the school's completion. The building served as an elementary school between 1952 and 1976, when it became the home of Community Education courses and the Corunna Public Schools Administrative Offices. This was the fifth school built on this site since 1842.
 
Erected 1989 by Bureau of History, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number L1514.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1909.
 
Location. 42° 58.767′ N, 84° 7.086′ W. Marker is in Corunna, Michigan, in Shiawassee County. Marker is on South Shiawassee Street (State Highway 71), on the right when traveling south. Marker is between State Street and West Oliver Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Corunna MI 48817, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First National Bank (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Shiawassee County Vietnam Veterans Memorial (about 700 feet away); Shiawassee County Korean War Memorial (about 700 feet away); Shiawassee County Courthouse (about 800 feet away); Shiawassee County Civil War Memorial
Corunna Public Schools / Shiawassee Street School Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, June 24, 2018
2. Corunna Public Schools / Shiawassee Street School Marker
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Governor Parsons (approx. ¼ mile away); Corunna World War II Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hugh McCurdy / Hugh McCurdy Park (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corunna.
 
Corunna Public Schools / Shiawassee Street School Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, June 24, 2018
3. Corunna Public Schools / Shiawassee Street School Marker
Shiawassee Street School image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, June 24, 2018
4. Shiawassee Street School
Dedication stone next to marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, June 24, 2018
5. Dedication stone next to marker
Dedication stone reverse image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, February 12, 2023
6. Dedication stone reverse
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 25, 2023. It was originally submitted on June 28, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 268 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 28, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.   6. submitted on February 16, 2023, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio.

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