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A group dressed in coats cuts a blue ribbon in front of a memorial for Thacher School.

Kansas City Public Schools honored a commitment to the Northeast community, dedicating a memorial at the site of the former Thacher School, 5008 Independence Ave.

Student artwork from the Lincoln Middle School exhibition

Students in Harold Smith's art class hosted an art exhibit at Lincoln Middle School last week, drawing on works in "Testimony: African American Artists Collective."

The student showcase, called "Our Testimony," explores the emotions, memories and values of the Lincoln Middle School artists, said eighth grader Gabriella Morris.

Watch the Blueprint 2030 video on YouTube.

If you were unable to participate in a Blueprint 2030 community conversation in October, there's still time to take the priority survey. From here, we’ll keep you updated on more dates and details around future opportunities for feedback this winter and into the spring.

A graphic of students attending schools wearing masks.

On Tuesday, Nov. 2, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children ages 5-11. As we have throughout the pandemic, KCPS is working with Children’s Mercy Hospital and the the Kansas City Health Department to get our families the most accurate COVID-19 information

KCPS Board of Education (BOE)

Families who applied for kindergarten, pre-K or a Signature School by the initial deadline of Monday, Feb. 15, received emails Wednesday, March 3 with offers to their first, second or third choice school.

Remembering Thacher School, 1900-2010

A group dressed in coats cuts a blue ribbon in front of a memorial for Thacher School.

Superintendent Mark Bedell, school board member Manny Abarca and the Northeast community at a dedication for the Thacher School memorial on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021.

 

Kansas City Public Schools honored a commitment to the Northeast community, dedicating a memorial at the site of the former Thacher School, 5008 Independence Ave. Designed by noted KCPS architect Charles A. Smith and named after Civil War Major Luin Kennedy Thacher, the school opened in 1900. Smith went on to designed more than 50 schools during his long career, including Northeast High School.

Thacher operated for more than a century, serving generations of Kansas Citians who called the Northeast home. After Thacher closed in 2010, the building sustained fire damage, and the school board made the difficult decision to tear Thacher down to improve the Northeast Middle School campus. The building was demolished in 2015. Some of the original limestone decorations from Thacher’s façade were preserved to be incorporated into the memorial that stands there today.

 

black and white photos of Thacher School

Photos of Thacher School from the early 1900s.

 

With many old schools to maintain, KCPS is always trying to strike the balance between preserving history and giving our students the modern education spaces they deserve. We know that losing Thacher was difficult for many neighbors. We appreciate the support of the Northeast community and involved alumni. Our students thrive when the community takes an interest in their education, and we hope to see you in our schools soon.

Special thanks to the Kansas City Public Library for helping preserve our district's history through archival photographs and documents. You can find more photos of Thacher and other KCPS buildings in the Missouri Valley Special Collections.

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