1906 Oak Street School

Nancy “Nannie” Hill was the principal of the old Oak Street School on the west side of Aurora in the summer of 1914 when she and a teacher at the school decided to take a European tour–just in time to get caught up in the outbreak of World War I. This photo shows what the school looked like in 1906.


The second Oak Street School, Oak at West New York Street, Aurora. The original building was built in 1867, but it burned and was rebuilt in 1906. Nancy L. “Nannie” Hill was the school’s principal from 1909 until 1928. After her death in 1928, the former Illinois Avenue School was named in her honor. The Oak Street School was completely destroyed by fire in 1925 and was replaced by a new building, which has been renamed the Mary Todd Early Childhood Center.

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