Wednesday, September 6, 2023

McEowen Elementary School in Harrisonville Celebrates their 50th Anniversary


Harrisonville Schools will celebrate the 50th anniversary of McEowen Elementary School’s dedication on Thursday, Sept. 28 from 1-3 p.m. Former McEowen teachers, staff and students are invited to a reception in the school’s library and tours of the building, 1901 S. Halsey. At 2 p.m., a commemorative photo will be taken of those in attendance.

Additional celebrations will include the planting of a tree to mark the anniversary and the burial of a time capsule for the next 50 years.

McEowen Elementary School held a Dedication and Open House on September 9, 1973. The master of ceremonies was Donald Gardner, principal, with remarks by Walter Bruens, superintendent. Robert Atkinson was president of the Board of Education.

The school cost $521,070.33 to build and furnish and was 25,408 square feet with a student capacity of 315.

The first addition to McEowen came in 1999 with a library. Then, in 2002, classrooms were added to the building to bring the capacity to 500 students. With the passage of a bond issue in 2008, the school added a cafeteria, teacher workroom and special education areas. The most recent bond issue - in 2020 - led to a new playground and fencing, office and hallway renovations, and HVAC replacement.

The school’s official name is D.W. McEowen Elementary School. It was named for long-time superintendent D.W. McEowen who served from 1938-1969 as superintendent and for 11 years prior as high school principal.

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