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John M Culver School

Culver School


Culver School

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a.k.a. Campbell Street School

1301 Judson St
Evansville, IN 47713

Quick Timeline

1874-5 Campbell Street School is built to serve the Culver area
1905 Lightning strike burns down school, but is rebuilt
1921 Addition is built on Jackson Ave
1933 School renamed to Culver School
1957 Another addition
1983 Old school is razed when new building is completed


Northeast corner of judson and jackson ave
District: Culver
Latitude: 37.958665
Longitude: -87.56154
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The Campbell schoolhouse was completed in 1875 to server the Culver area. It takes the whole square between Emmet and Campbell streets and has beautiful grounds. 3 story 12 building 1880

Sometime around 1890 "Street" was dropped and the name was shortened to Campbell School

After the turn of the century, the building was struck by lightning and burned to the ground. During the time of its reconstruction, students were placed in Canal Street School for recitations. A much more handsome edifice designed by Schlotter took the place of the one that was destroyed.

in 1921 auditorium and gymnasium additions are built in wing to south

Campbell Street School was renamed to John M. Culver School in 1933/1936 in honor of Principal John Morton Culver (1902-1936).

1957-8 additions including large one at corner of Jackson and Judson. additional facilities and rooms at culver 50s

In 1978, Culver and Daniel Wertz were under threat of being closed when the EVSC eliminated neighborhood schools. It was Columbia School, however, that ended up closing.

A new building was erected just southeast in 1982. The school moved to the new building next year and the old school was demolished shortly thereafter. 1957 addition kept and remodeled? or since expanded back across Judson


See also

Press article - Defending neighborhood schools (5/7/1978)
Press article - Razing of old school buildings (11/5/1981)
Press article - Demolition of Old Culver (3/22/1983) Schools / Education Culver district

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