Summit School District 104
Summit School District 104 is an elementary school district based in the village of Summit, Cook County, Illinois, and lies due west of the city of Chicago near the Cook County-DuPage County line. The district is composed of five schools: four are elementary schools and the last is a junior high school. All but one of the elementary schools is located within the village of Summit. Students may begin their education as prekindergarteners in either Otis Graves Elementary School or John Walsh Elementary School, which educate students in kindergarten, prekindergarten, and grades one through four. Students may also begin their education as prekindergarteners at Donald Wharton Elementary School, although they will only remain there as prekindergarteners; those who graduate from the fourth grade in Graves and Walsh Elementary Schools then spend their fifth grade in Wharton Elementary School. The principals of the three schools are, respectively; H. Durkin, E. Fee, and R. V. Olavarri. A fourth elementary school in Bedford Park, A. Gronkowski's Walker Elementary School, educates kindergarteners and students between grades one and four; graduates also move on to Wharton for their fifth grade. Heritage Junior High School, which serves grades six through eight, is the last school in the district that students will attend; it is directed by principal D. Lewis.
Summit School, the base for what would become Summit School District 104, was founded in the late 19th century. The school no longer exists as part of the district; however, the oldest existing active school is Donald Wharton Elementary School, which was founded in 1912 as Argo School. It was later renamed for principal Dr. Donald Wharton, who directed the school in the 1970s. The second oldest school in the district is John Walsh Elementary School, which was founded in 1923; it is named for school board member John D. Walsh. Similarly, Otis Graves Elementary School, which was founded a year later, also was named for a school board member. Walker Elementary School was the most recent of the elementary schools, and was founded in 1934 and named for board member W.W. Walker.
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