Park Ridge-Niles School District 64

The Park Ridge-Niles School District 64 is a grade school district based in Park Ridge, Illinois. It has schools in Park Ridge and Niles,[1] all in Cook County, Illinois.

The district headquarters is named the Raymond E. Hendee Educational Service Center (ESC) and is at 164 S. Prospect Ave. in Park Ridge.[1]


Middle schools
  • Emerson Middle School (in Niles)[1] — Named after Ralph Waldo Emerson,[2] this is a three-story school building. At one time the district rented the facility to the Chicago Futabakai Japanese School, which used it as its campus.[3] The middle school replaced an older building, Emerson Junior High School.[4]
  • Lincoln Middle School (in Park Ridge)[1]
Elementary schools
Early childhood
  • Jefferson School (in Niles)[1]


The Goodspeed History of Cook County implies that the early history of schools of Park Ridge is unclear, but stated: "By 1860, several schools had been started in that vicinity. Among the first teachers were R.W. Gunnison, Miss Augusta Meacham, and George A. Follansbee."[7]

By 1902, School District 2, Township 41 North, Range 12 East, "Park Ridge", had an "old building" constructed for $6,000 in 1868 on 0.6 acres (0.24 ha) and a "new building" constructed for $20,000 in 1893 on 6.0 acres (2.4 ha)[8]:53 near the southwest corner of township section 26.[8]:101

With school district renumbering from township-wide to county-wide in 1901, Park Ridge's School District 2 became School District 64.[8]:104 In 1902 the district had a population of 2,112 people[8]:21 In the 1901–1902 school year, one principal oversaw 11 other teachers,[8]:104 but for the Autumn 1902 semester, a superintendent oversaw 8 teachers.[8]:136 At the time there were 5 operating schools in all of Maine Township.[8]:21

The Maine Township High School District was organized in September 1902 and held school at Park Ridge until the high school building was completed.[8]:46

Construction on Field, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt schools began in 1929.[9]

By 1958 schools in District 64 included Edison, Emerson Junior High, Field, Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln Junior High, Madison, Merrill, and Washington.[10]

Notable alumniEdit

  • Hillary Clinton — She attended Field School[11] from 1952 to 1959 (kindergarten to grade 6) and Emerson Junior High School from 1959 to 1961 (grades 7 and 8).[2][4] In 1997, when Clinton was the First Lady, she visited this school at a reunion with her friends and teachers.[12]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Contact Information". Park Ridge, Illinois: Park Ridge-Niles School District 64. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  2. ^ a b c Freedman, Jeri (2007). Hillary Rodham Clinton: Profile of a Leading Democrat (1st ed.). New York, New York: Rosen Publishing Group. p. 13. ISBN 9781404219106. LCCN 2006039714. Retrieved 2019-03-25. Also Freedman, Jeri (2008). Hillary Rodham Clinton: Profile of a Leading Democrat (Easyread Super Large ed.). ReadHowYouWant. p. 11. ISBN 9781427091567. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  3. ^ Burgos, Frank. "School helps kids remain Japanese Tokyo classrooms in Niles." Chicago Sun-Times. June 14, 1992. Page 18. Retrieved on January 10, 2012.
  4. ^ a b "District 64 Alumna Hillary Clinton". Park Ridge, Illinois: Park Ridge-Niles School District 64. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  5. ^ See school sign in "banner_ces.jpg Archived 2013-10-17 at the Wayback Machine." Carpenter Elementary School. Retrieved on January 10, 2012.
  6. ^ "banner_wes.jpg[permanent dead link]." Washington Elementary School. Retrieved on January 10, 2012.
  7. ^ Goodspeed, Weston B.; Healy, Daniel D., eds. (1909). History of Cook County, Illinois. 2. Chicago: Goodspeed Historical Association. p. 272. Retrieved 2019-03-26.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h Biennial Report of the County Superintendent of Schools (1900-1902 ed.). Chicago: Department of Public Instruction, Cook County, Illinois. 1902. hdl:2027/uiug.30112107831726.
  9. ^ "A Busy City Leads to Three New Elementary Schools". Park Ridge, Illinois: Park Ridge Historical Society. 2017-07-24. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  10. ^ "District 64 Review" (PDF). The Niles Bugle. 2 (15). Niles, Illinois. 1958-12-17. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  11. ^ Clinton, Hillary (February 15, 2006). One-Fifth of the Nation: A Comprehensive Guide to America's First Suburbs (PDF). Washington, D.C.: The Brookings Institution. p. 11. Retrieved 2019-03-25 – via Miller Reporting Co., Inc.
  12. ^ Peter, Baker (1997-10-28). "Hillary Clinton, in Her Element". The Washington Post (online ed.). Washington, D.C. Retrieved 2019-03-25. CAPTION: The first lady holds a 1959 class photo during a visit yesterday to Eugene Field Elementary School in Illinois

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