Media Township Community High School

On Monday, September 5, 1921, The Weaver Academy opened its doors as the Media Township Community High School. It was to be a four-year school that offered bookkeeping, typewriting, shorthand, commercial arithmetic, manual training and domestic science in addition to the regular high school courses. Outside activities included debate, operetta and plays. Prof. W. W. Murtland taught the Commercial Branches, History and General Science, Prof. B. A. Hoffman Mathematics, Physics and Manual Training, Mrs. B. A. Hoffman taught music and Miss Helen Culbertson French, English, and Domestic Science. In their first year, the Media basketball and track teams had some success against their opponents from Stronghurst, Biggsville, and Oquawka. The comic opera "Paul Revere" put on by the class earned rave reviews and provided entertainment to a sold out crowd in February.

On Tuesday, March 26, 1929, a fire broke out in the area indicated by an "X" on the school house picture. Smoke was pouring out of the gable ends and the attic engulfed in flames by the time the fire was discovered as seen in the second photo. The building was mostly destroyed.

Submitted by Richard P. Erickson

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