Kean Elementary School Celebrates 50
On Nov. 20, 1966, Kean Elementary was formally dedicated. Now in 2016, Kean has arrived at its 50th anniversary.
Kean was dedicated in 1966 to teacher and administrator Lura B. Kean, according to the dedication’s official program.
Brandon Cobb, Kean’s current principal, said Lura B. Kean was chosen for the dedication because she was, “one of the most respected and dedicated teachers and administrators that ever served in the Wooster City School system.”
When it was founded, Kean was intended to stand apart from earlier schools found in Wooster.
“Lura B. Kean Elementary School is the school of tomorrow – today,” stated the program of the 1966 dedication.
Kean originally had a new educational system in terms of Wooster schools.
“Students originally didn’t get grades on their report cards. The report card would just share the student’s instructional level in different subjects. Students would go to classes that matched their instructional level,” according to Cobb.
Today, Kean differs from the original. The school expanded to include more classrooms, a library, art and music rooms and offices, Cobb said.
Additionally, according to Kean’s official website, Kean no longer has the cross grade level classes it had originally.
No matter the changes over the years, today’s Kean has created a specific environment for itself. According to Cobb, Kean has a community where they work for the understanding and success of students and encourage kindness and compassion.
After 50 years, Kean can celebrate the school it was and the one it has become.