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Coronado Middle School

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KCK Schools Wearing Uniforms

The Junior High Schools of Kansas City, Kansas (pdf)
by R. L. Lyman, University of Chicago

Location:  1735 N 64 Terrace

Named for (assumed) Francisco Vázquez de Coronado

Other Names:  Coronado Junior High School

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1960 - Construction of Coronado Jr High School by Washington District.  "Schools in KCKs in Years of Change, 1964-86," by O. L. Plucker, Superintendent Emeritus, June, 1987

1961 - First occupied in march.

1967 - January.  Part of USD 201 attached to Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (USD 500).

1967-68 - Boundary line change - portion of attendance area assigned to West Middle School.

1968 - Enrollment more than 1320 - almost double normal capacity.  Addition to building - combination study hall/cafeteria/general purpose room built to avoid putting school on split sessions.

1970 - Ninth grade assigned to Washington High School because of overcrowding.  Washington on split sessions.

1971 - New kitchen built in 1968 dining area.  Old kitchen remodeled to industrial arts use.  Schools in KCKs in Years of Change 1962-1986, Dr. Oren L. Plucker, 1986

1973 - Eisenhower Junior High School opened.  New boundaries established.  Ninth grade returned to Coronado.  Enrollment at 882.  Washington back to regular day.

1977 - In early 1977, the district received a decision from the United States District Court which did not require major and mandatory relocation of students, but did require the desegregation of Northeast Junior and Sumner High Schools.  That decision had been appealed to the Tenth Circuit of the Federal Courts by the Department of Justice in the hope of securing a ruling to require a "racial balance" in all schools.  Such a decision would have required the mandatory relocation of thousands of students by a system of cross-districting busing.  At this point, only voluntary racial balance transfers were required at the elementary school level.  Northeast Junior High was to be closed and its students and teachers reassigned to other schools.  Sumner was to be converted to an academic magnet school in 1978.  A committee of parents had spent the previous four months working through meetings to assure the smooth integration of pupils from Northeast Junior into Central, Rosedale, Argentine, Arrowhead and Eisenhower.  Sumner Academy of Arts and Science was scheduled to open in September, 1978, as part of the desegregation plan.  "Schools in KCKs in Years of Change, 1964-86," by O. L. Plucker, Superintendent Emeritus, June, 1987 (pg. 50-52)

1982 - Ninth grade assigned to Washington High School.  All junior highs now to be middle schools serving grades 6-8.

1994 - Summer.  Heating and cooling improvements to be made to school.  Air conditioning to be added.

2001 - Voters approved a proposed $120 million bond issue at the Municipal Election Tuesday (April 3, 2001) to air-condition schools, improve technology, and make other upgrades to schools and public libraries. Coronado was part of Phase III, which was completed in the summer of 2003.


1966-67 - William Foster / 1976-87 - Donald Toevs / 1987-94 - Karl Baxley / 1994-96 - Walter Thompson / 1996-97 - Felton Denham / 1997-98 - Anthony Moore / The principal from 1998-2006 - Dr. Judith A. Duff / 2007 - Jewell Ragsdale

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History Site created on December 02, 2002
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