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   The original Maryland Heights School was designed by Joseph Senne and built by Daly and Gillespie in 1924. The cost was $20,000. It was dedicated in September, 1924, for use that year. The school consisted of six rooms with four teachers and an enrollment of 140 students.
   In 1935, two-year high school started, and after those two years, the students went to Ritenour. The 11th grade was added in 1939 and the 12th grade was added in 1940. The total enrollment for the first four year high school was 82 students. The first graduating class had 11 students, and the valedictorian was Thomas Neilson. These students were required to have 16 credits. At that time, it cost the school $105 to educate each student. In 1942, six more classrooms were built.
   By 1959 the school offered 52.5 subject credits and required 17 credits for graduation. In 1959 it cost the school $350 per year to educate each student.
   1962 was the last year Maryland Heights High School issued a diploma. The 1963 class was educated at Maryland Heights but received a diploma from Pattonville. In 1964 the Pattonville School District took complete control of the Maryland Heights students. 

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Creve Coeur Line
by Wayne Brasler

The traces are still there if you know where to look.

You can drive most of the route because after the tracks were pulled up, sometimes almost immediately, sometimes years later, road was built on the right of way. It was a streetcar line, but “street” really is a misnomer. When the line was built basically there were no streets where it traveled.  Mostly there was a lot of woodland punctuated by small villages. The streets were built later alongside the line.

 

It was a lifeline.  For Maryland Heights, that is.  Because in the pre-automobile era it represented the only practical way to get quickly from place to place, westward to the playground at Creve Coeur Park. 

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