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"Old Time Schools of
Berrien County"

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Updated August 31, 2015

Oh those days of yesteryear when time stood still and we had not a care in the world.
Playing Jacks, touching the sky on the swing, shooting marbles and most important, learning our ABC's.

We are collecting old graduation rosters for 5th, 8th, 10th and 12th grade graduates on or before 1960.  
Also, if you have school photos, class pictures or even one of the old school buildings, I will add them here.
Donating information to the BERRIEN COUNTY MIGENWEB, keeps that file in perpetual viewing condition for generations to come.
You can reach me at - or William Brackett with any additions or corrections.

School Building Photos
Elm Valley School
Elm Valley School
Circa 1880 to 1944
Eaman School
Eaman School No 4. Hagar Dist
Built in 1876
Benton Harbor school
Benton Harbor High School
Berrien Sp schoo
Old Berrien Springs High School 1956
New Troy
New Troy School circa 1900
New Troy
New Troy High School (circa 1947)
St. Joe High School
St. Joseph High School circa 1916
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Washington School House - St. Joseph
Schools of Watervliet - from Wade Lynch & Sharon Renno's combined efforts. Thank you!
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Old Watervliet High School
The first graduating class of three were out of a little frame two room building that sat just west of the main corner of Main St and St Joseph.
On the North side. There is a gas station on that lot now. Just to the West of that, where now is the site of a Laundromat, in 1890
they built what is considered by most to be the first school. It was four rooms, brick structure, and cost a whopping $4,750.
In 1897 they added five rooms. It housed students up until 1924 and was finally tore down in 1933.
Watervliet school (circa 1920's)
In 1924 they built a new school across the street on the South West corner of Main and St. Joseph. For a cost of $250,000.
It saw students from K-12 until 1954 when the North and South Elementary schools were built. Then continued untill 1967 as a High School.
And a few years after that as a Middle School. It was abandoned in 1977 and finally tore down in 2004.
school 1967
In 1967 they built the high school that is still being used today East of the city on St. Joseph St.

Work In Progress  

Township - School Histories & Pupil Photos
& Graduates When Published as Township Grads
Bainbridge Township
Baroda Township
Benton Township
Benton Harbor Schools
Berrien Township
Bertrand Township
Buchanan Schools
Coloma Schools
Hatfield School
Hagar Township

New Buffalo Schools
New Troy
Niles Schools
Oronoko Schools
Penn Yan
Royalton Schools
Saint Joseph Township
Three Oaks Schools
Watervliet Township
Weesaw Schools

(Parochial Shools)

Graduating Classes Jr. & Sr. Classes
Bainbridge Graduates
Baroda Graduates
Benton Harbor Graduates
Berrien Springs
Buchanan Graduates - 1907 program
Buchanan Graduadets - Grad Classes
Bridgman Graduates
Coloma Graduates
Eau Claire
Fair Plain Graduates
New Troy
Saint Joseph Graduates
Three Oaks
Old Time School House Listing - Fact Sheet of Old Time Schools of Berrien County.
See Additional   Great off site link - One Room Michigan Schools

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