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Stanley School

Old Stanley - originally Gibbs and Payne School

Location: southwest corner of 38th & Metropolitan

Year built: 1889

Other names: Gibbs and Payne School, New Stanley

Building destroyed: September 5, 1912


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“Centennial History of Argentine”, Kansas City, Kansas 1880-1980
Simmons Funeral Home, Inc.

"The Stanley Grade School was built in 1889 on land purchased from the legal guardian of George Washington. Washington was the son of a Shawnee Indian named White Feather. The original school was called the Gibbs and Payne School and consisted of four rooms. Gibbs and Payne were land developers and prominent early citizens of Argentine and the school was located in the old Gibbs and Payne Addition of Argentine. This structure burned on September 5, 1912. Two portable buildings were temporarily used as was a small one room building at 37th and Powell. In addition, some students were transferred to Franklin and Emerson.

A new Stanley Grade School building was completed in 1915 at a cost of $40,000. Located at 36th and Metropolitan, an addition was added in 1923. The school now has fourteen regular teachers, four specialized teachers and one Title One instructor. A new feature of the school is a Century Reading and Math Laboratory which was implemented in 1977. Submitted by Edwin D. Shutt II."

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History Site created on December 02, 2002
Page last updated: 23-Apr-2014

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