Hale Cook Elementary School
The Hale H. Cook School was named for Hale H. Cook who was born in Michigan in 1857. He came to Kansas City in 1890 where, for many years, he was a member of the Board of Education from 1905 until his resignation in 1917. At that time, he was president, having served as vice president and on every committee through which the Board of Education administers much of its detailed work.
The school is located at 73rd and Pennsylvania in the area once known as Westmoreland. Its beginning dates back to the year 1912. The site on which the school stands was purchased in August of that year. In October, the first double annex was completed and school was begun immediately with an enrollment of about five children. The school continued to add a few children each year.
By the year 1923, more space was needed, and excavation was started on the quarter-million-dollar building by contactors G. Ims Brothers. It was constructed of brick and cut stone, and it contained ten classrooms, an auditorium that would seat six hundred people, a gymnasium, a cafeteria, a domestic science room, and a manual training room.
Several classrooms were added to the school in the 1930’s. In the early 1950’s, the enrollment grew to more than seven hundred pupils, and two mobile rooms were needed. By the 1970’s, the enrollment had dropped to around three hundred pupils.
The current building was mothballed in 2009 due to boundary changes in the district. After a grassroots effort by The Friends of Hale Cook, the district decided to reopen the building in 2014 to serve Prek-2nd grade with a plan of adding a grade each year. The exterior of the building has maintained the classic design of the original 1923 architects and current renovations have included preserving that history.
Hale Cook Mission“Our mission is to provide a challenging, engaging curriculum in a safe, inclusive and supportive environment. We promote personal accountability and self reflection with the goal of all students achieving academic excellence and high standards of character.”
About the Principal
Mrs. Lynch earned her Bachelors in Elementary Education from Middle TN State University and her Masters in Educational Administration from The University of Central Oklahoma. She has taught various grade levels in a variety of school settings. In Oklahoma, she was the principal of a K-3 grade school with 400 students. Upon relocating to Kansas, she taught in the Blue Valley District for five years. She previously served as the Vice Principal at Wheatley Elementary and Paige Elementary in Kansas City Public Schools. Mrs. Lynch believes that “when parents, schools, and communities become collaborative partners that children will learn and thrive” and she is excited to be part of the Hale Cook team.