School Days Of Yours

Can't remember the name of someone you took classes with in highschool? Lost your yearbook? The Library might have a copy for you to reference.

Ridgewood High School, District #234 opened in 1959. In less than a decade, it was recognized as one of the top 10 high schools in the United States by the Ladies Home Journal (May 1968).  The Library has copies of the school yearbook for 30 years of the school's existence, from the first graduating class through today (specifically: 1963-1967, 1974-1975, 1977-1978, 1984-1985, 1987-1989, 1991-1993, and 2000-2012)*.

We also have an alumni directory for all 4 branches of Maine Township, District #207 - North (closed 1981) and East, South, and West - with coverage through 1995.  This high school district preceded the establishment of the Ridgewood High School District by 57 years. Pennoyer School, District #79 students are within this high school district.  (Fun fact: Maine North, after being closed, was used as the set for both The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller's Day Off.)

Additionally, the library has compiled books of over a decade of the Giles Elementary School, District #80 newsletter
(1951-1969).  Giles was established in 1928, named after James Giles, a local farmer who had served for years as the Township Supervisor and President of the Board of Education as well as serving as the district superintendent.  Giles Elementary School was preceded by the Leyden School, which was established in 1851 but burned down in 1951. Also in this school district is the John V. Leigh School, built in 1958 and named after another long-time superintendent.

If you'd like to browse any of these volumes, just ask at the Answers Desk.

*If you have copies for any years we're missing and would like to donate them, we would be delighted to accept!