Ann Arbor in Washtenaw County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Ann Arbor High School
Innovative education has been connected to this site ever since the Union School opened in 1856 as a school for all grades (inset above). Ann Arbor's Argus newspaper reported people "moving here to take advantage of our model Union School." After the elementary grades moved out in the 1860s, it became Ann Arbor High School. A preparatory school for the university, it had dedicated teachers, challenging classes, and advanced equipment and books. Science teacher Horatio Chute designed comprehensive courses in physics, astronomy, and chemistry that were copied all over the country.
After the old building burned in 1904, the 1907 building (above) featured cutting-edge Chute-designed laboratories, a gymnasium, expanded vocational courses, and an attached public Carnegie Library that was shared with the school. The Daily Times proudly declared it "the finest publich school building in Michigan, if not in the United States."
In 1956 Ann Arbor High School moved to its new building on West Stadium, later renamed Pioneer High School. UM had bought the old school and library buildings and named them to honor former
William E. Austin Jr. (1952), Patty Wadhams Gagalis (1952), Peri Gagalis (1949), Eleanor Guthrie Shaw (1955), William Shaw (1955), Norma Usrey Wonnacott (1942), Al Gallup (Faculty 195-1967)
Erected by Ann Arbor Historical Foundation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education. A significant historical year for this entry is 1856.
Location. 42° 16.824′ N, 83° 44.444′ W. Marker is in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in Washtenaw County. Marker is at the intersection of South State Street and East Washington Street, on the right when traveling north on South State Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 105 South State Street, Ann Arbor MI 48109, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. FUMC's BSA Troop 4 (within shouting distance of this marker); The James Foster House of ArtCarnegie Library (about 300 feet away); Harris Hall (about 300 feet away); Schools and Churches (about 300 feet away); Ideation Building (about 300 feet away); Town and Gown: Entertainment and Changing Culture (about 400 feet away); Uptown Theaters (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ann Arbor.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 20, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 161 times since then and 77 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 20, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.