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Bloomington Public Schools to celebrate its 100th Year

This school year marks a century since Bloomington Public Schools was first established in 1917. To celebrate this rare and venerable milestone, a 100th Birthday Party and All-School Reunion will be held Friday, May 19 at the Doubletree Hotel, 7800 Normandale Blvd, Bloomington. The event is organized and hosted by the Education Foundation of Bloomington.
Among the honored guests is Evelyn (nee Forus) Melum, 97, a graduate of the school district who became its first “special class” teacher and taught for 40 years, retiring after the age of 70. The special class terminology was changed to special education.
In the 1930s, Melum and her siblings walked through a forest before boarding a motorized wooden school bus for a bumpy ride on unpaved streets to school. At the time, the school system was one school that housed grades 1 through 12.
In a unique twist of history, Melum is currently residing at Presbyterian Homes of Bloomington, which was built on the site of the first Bloomington school, and one in which she attended and graduated from in 1937.
The Centennial Celebration will also welcome former superintendents, principals, teachers, support staff, alumni, parents, and civic and business leaders.
The event is supported by generous donations from the Bloomington Lions Club, Mall of America, Bloomington Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, Richfield Bloomington Credit Union, Wold Architects and Engineers, Kraus Anderson Companies, Axtell & Haller, Bloomington Community Foundation, Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, Don & Leslie Stiles, Bloomington Heritage Days, Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington, Good Leadership Enterprises, Alice Seagren, Ralph and Maureen Bartolotta, The Print Shop, Denny’s 5th Avenue Bakery, Digital One, Metro Sales, Preferred One, Stephen and Karin Bariteau, Martin Luther Manor and Radisson Blu at MOA.
For more information, visit bloomingtonschools.org/centennial.