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Bloomington Yesterday: Back to school

Back in 1917, seven one-room school houses—Gibson (later renamed Palmer), Bush Lake, Bloomington Ferry, Poplar Bridge, Kell, Kimball and Cates—came together to become Bloomington Consolidated School District No. 142. One year later, a school for grades 1 – 12 was built on Penn Avenue South, where the Presbyterian Homes of Bloomington is today. The merger marked the beginning of secondary education and school bus transportation in Bloomington. Before the new school was built, Bloomington students who wished to continue to secondary education enrolled in Minneapolis high schools. They often traveled to class by horse and buggy or by train.