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Name College High (WKU)
Details Other Names:
College High
Science & Technology Building
Training School
University High

Built - 1925
Cost of Construction - $243,678.34
Architects - Nevin-Wischmeyer & Morgan

The "Model Training School" was opened on September 17, 1906. Four rooms of the building that is now [1974] used by the Bowling Green Business University were designated for the purpose of training teachers. An arrangement was made with the Board of Education of the Bowling Green City Schools whereby a part fo the pupils from the first four grades of the city system were transferred to the "Model Training School." Teachers for the classes were furnished by the Bowling Green School System. They were also paid by the Bowling Green schools. The expense of maintaining the Model School, or "Training School," was shared by the city of Bowling Green and the state. This plan was followed until 1920, when the Normal School established its own independent Training School.

In 1920 the Training School was brought entirely under the control of Western, and from that time forward has had no connection with the Bowling Green City School system. When Western moved to the Potter College building in 1910, the Training School moved also. At first it taught only the primary grades but by this time it included up to the sixth grade.

In 1924 the Legislature gave to Western a special appropriation of $200,000 for capital outlay. This special appropriation was used in the construction of the Training School Building, which was complted in 1925 at a total cost of $243,678.34. The building was occupied in 1925. The Training School classes included from the primary grades through high school. This organization continued until 1969.

In 1969, the Training School was moved to a new building and became the Jones-Jaggers Laboratory School. It began with grades one through six and in 1972 a kindergarten and special education class were added to the program.

Excerpt from "History of the Jones-Jaggers Laboratory School," Feb. 15, 1971, no author.

College High / Training School Vertical File Part 1
College High / Training School Vertical File Part 2


1906 - Model School consisting of 1st to 4th grades created to give normal school students a place to get practical experience and allow professors to critique their work.

1909 - Laura Frazee named administrator.

1912 - Curriculum expanded to 1st to 8th grades.

1914 - Mattie Hatcher named administrator.

1920 - 1 year of high school curriculum added.

1924 - Legislature funds $200,000 for building construction.

1925 - Training School building completed, becomes a K - 12 school.

Alonzo Crabb named administrator.

"In accepting the key as the president of this great institution I do it with a duty to sanctify it by hard work and study. Not a single mark mars this building, or any other building on Normal Heights. It is a privilege to work with this great student body." ~ Henry Hardin Cherry

1926 - L.B. Stephan named administrator.

1930 - W.L. Matthews named administrator.

1964 - High School renamed College High becomes part of the College of Education.

1966 - College High becomes University High when WKU attains university status.

1970 - Training School and University High close. Training School moved to Jones-Jaggers Laboratory School.

1972 - Estimated $676,000 renovation and renamed Science & Technology Hall

2009 - Renovation of Science & Technology Hall

2010 - Rededication of Science & Technology Hall as the College High Building.

College Heights Herald:
1960 - October 7, p. 5
1972 - February 1, p. 2
1992 - May 26, p. 11
1993 - January 30, p. 6

Cash, Terry. Science Building Completed, Jan. 16, 1976

Park City Daily News:
Riley, Jason. "$26.6 Million Science Project Part of WKU's State Wish List," Sept. 14, 1999.

Sisco, Scott. "Storied College High Building to Be Razed," Aug. 3, 1998.

"Warren School is Dedicated," Oct. 1925.

Documents & Primary Sources:

UA1C11/8 - Sarah Richardson Photograph Collection - Inventory -

UA1C1/20 - Lavinia Hunter Photograph Collection - Inventory -

UA1F Articles on Western Buildings -

UA2 - Board of Regents Meeting - Aug. 4, 1966 -

UA11/3 University Relations Building & Construction File

UA12/2/2 Student Yearbooks - Inventory -

UA94/7/1 Sarah Richardson Student Alumni Papers - collection inventory -

UA94/7/2 Student Alumni Papers - Small Collections - Inventory -

UA94/7/2 Kay Meyers Scrapbook -

UA94/7/2 Nellie Gilmore Scarpbook -

UA94/7/2 Rita Sumpter Scrapbook 1 -

UA94/7/2 Rita Sumpter Scrapbook 2 -

UA94/7/3 Marion Adams Student Alumni Papers - Inventory -

UA100/2/1 Training School / College High - Administration - Inventory -

UA100/2/2 Training School / College High - Departments - Inventory -

UA100/2/3 Training School / College High - Memorabilia - Inventory -

UA100/2/4 Training School / College High - Parent Teacher Association - Inventory -

UA100/2/4 PTA Scrapbook 2 -

UA100/2/4 PTA Scrapbook 3 -

UA100/2/4 PTA Scrapbook 4 -

UA100/2/4 PTA Scrapbook 5 -

UA100/2/5 Training School / College High - Publications - Inventory -

UA100/2/5 Training School News, 1914 -

UA100/2/6 Training School / College High - Student Organizations - Inventory -

UA100/2/7 Training School / College High - Student Projects - Inventory -
Archives Entries 214
Library Entries 6
Object Entries 31
Photograph Entries 660

Associated Records

Image of WKU Archives

WKU Archives -

Views of Western Kentucky University and its founding institutions showing multiple buildings. Includes aerial photographs and maps. See also Series 11, Subseries 1 Public Relations Collection.

Image of WKU Archives

WKU Archives -

Images of students from the training schools, rural demonstration schools, grade schools and college high.

Image of WKU President's Office - Downing

WKU President's Office - Downing -

Records regarding the planning, construction and maintenance of buildings on the WKU campus. Downing held several positions at WKU before becoming president. Some of these records date to that earlier period.

Image of Education (WKU)

Education (WKU) -

Records created by and about the WKU Training Schools. These include College High School, Rural Training School and Jones-Jaggers School. Sarah Scott 1906-1908 Laura Frazee 1909-1914 Mattie Hatcher 1915-1924 Alonzo Crabb 1925 Leon Stephan 1926-1929 W.L. Matthews 1930-1938 C.H. Jaggers 1938-1956 Dero Downing 1956-1959 James Carpenter 1959-1970

Image of Education (WKU)

Education (WKU) -

Records created by and about the Training School and College High School including yearbooks, curriculum and memorabilia. Series 1. Administration Series 2. Departments Series 3. Memorabilia Series 4. Parent Teacher Association Series 5. Publications Series 6. Student Organizations Series 7. Student Projects

Image of Education (WKU) - College High (WKU)
Training School (WKU)
University High (WKU)

Education (WKU) - College High (WKU) Training School (WKU) University High (WKU)

Memorabilia related to Training School & College High School.

Image of Richardson, Sarah Pickett, b. 1944

Richardson, Sarah Pickett, b. 1944 -

Collection of Training School and College High photographs pulled from UA94.7.1 Sarah Richardson Papers.

Image of Education (WKU) - Training School (WKU)

Education (WKU) - Training School (WKU)

Projects created by students at the training school.

Image of WKU Archives

WKU Archives -

Images of College High Hall. See also UA1C4.13 Departmental Photographs for Training School / College High classes and activities.

Image of WKU Archives - Cherry, William

WKU Archives - Cherry, William

Electronic and multimedia resources created by WKU Archives regarding Western Kentucky University departments and history. Non-WKU created ephemera related to WKU history.

Image of Alumni Relations (WKU)

Alumni Relations (WKU) -

Invitations, programs and recordings of Golden Anniversary Club and class reunion events.

Image of Bennett, Dorothy

Bennett, Dorothy -

Scrapbook pages with photographs.

Image of Education (WKU) - College High (WKU)
Training School (WKU)

Education (WKU) - College High (WKU) Training School (WKU)

Records created by administrators of the school. Records include accreditation reports, attendance data, curriculum guides, textbook reports, letterhead, student teacher evaluations and commencement programs.

Image of Education (WKU) - College High (WKU)
Training School (WKU)

Education (WKU) - College High (WKU) Training School (WKU)

Records created by and about Training School / College High departments. Athletics Classes - includes grades and class lists English Library Music Theatre

Image of Education (WKU) - College High (WKU)
Training School (WKU)
University High (WKU)

Education (WKU) - College High (WKU) Training School (WKU) University High (WKU)

Publications created by and about the Training School and College High. Includes catalogs, schedules and student newspapers.

Image of Parent-Teachers Association Training School - College High (WKU)

Parent-Teachers Association Training School - College High (WKU) -

Records created by and about the Training School / College High Parent Teacher Association. Includes bylaws, meeting minutes, programs, awards and scrapbooks.

Image of Adams, Marion

Adams, Marion -

Records created by and about Marion Adams and collected by her during her years at WKU Training School and College High. The collection includes school books, correspondence and report cards.

Image of Franklin Studio

Franklin Studio -

Photographs created by Franklin Studios arranged in numerical order. Images are generally numbered and duplicates are found throughout the WKU Archives Photograph Collections, especially for individual buildings. See container list for list of images in other locations.