A View of the Past – Oak Hill School

Oak Hill School 1912

This week’s view is of Oak Hill School in O’Fallon on the day it was dedicated – Monday Sept. 2, 1912.  Oak Hill, or Patterson as it was sometimes called, was the only school in rural District 93.  The building was designed by architects Riester & Rubach of Belleville and built by James W. Asbury of O’Fallon who, incidentally, was a former teacher at Oak Hill.  Total cost was $1620.  At the time, Miss Blanche Moore was the school’s teacher and the Board of Education consisted of Adolph Hagemann, Charles Bolbach and William Behrens.  The newly built structure replaced an earlier one at that location.  The school closed in 1949 and was absorbed into O’Fallon District 90.  The building was sold at auction in 1952 and converted into a home.  It still exists today on, not surprisingly, Oak Hill School Road.

(Contributed by Brian Keller, O’Fallon Historical Society)

For more, stop by the O’Fallon Historical Museum, located at 101 West State Street. The Museum is open Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. and by appointment.