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Reis, Henry School

Henry Reis School
Henry Reis School

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1900 Stringtown Rd
Evansville, IN 47711

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1914 School is built
1925 Addition
1968 School closed


West side of Stringtown Rd, bewteen Reis Ave and Keck Ave
District: Olmstead
Latitude: 37.995258
Longitude: -87.55664706
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Style: Collegiate Gothic



Henry Reis was built to replace the older, crumbling Olmstead school and also to serve the growing Stringtown area as the city expanded north. Plans were designed by Clifford Shopbell in 1912 for a two-story brick and stone school. Location was determined later when land on Stringtown Rd between Reis and Keck Avenues. The school was finally begun October 1914 and opened around March 1915. The school was named Henry Reis after the president of Old State National Bank (now known as Old National Bank).

H Gilbert Karges designed an addition to the school in the Collegiate Gothic style. The new section (north/right of the original section) was built from 1925-6 and nearly tripled the size of the school. additional facilities and rooms at henry reis 50s

Henry Reis school closed in 1968 just a few years after Evans School opened

In recent years it was known as the North Annex, which served as an alternative school and even held some adult classes before the EVSC Tech Center on Lynch Rd opened up. It is now home to Lifesong Academy.

See also Schools / Education Olmstead district

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