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Property Name Sacred Heart Public School
Reference Number 14000869
State MN
County Renville
Town Sacred Heart
Street Address 100 Elm St.
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 10/20/2014
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The Sacred Heart Public School is locally significant under Criterion A in the area of education as a distinctive local product of the decades-long efforts of a small prairie town to provide a modem education to its children in an era when emollments were growing and the mission of public schools expanding. The community built the original building in 1901 fully intending to expand as needs arose. Taking note of the growing demand for secondary education and a new emphasis on physical education, the school board built a high school addition with a combined auditorium/gymnasium in 1929. A series of additions were added in 1953 as the consolidation of rural districts led to increasing enrollments and as evolving ideas about curriculum called for new types of spaces specifically designed for subjects such as industrial arts or music. Finally, the school built an addition in 1964 primarily to house, for the first time, a library which met national and state standards for school libraries. The Sacred Heart Public School is also locally significant in the areas of social history and entertainment/recreation because it was the public space most closely associated with the town's identity and the venue for most public functions throughout the period of significance. The period of significance begins with the construction of the initial building in 1901 and ends with the construction of the 1964 building. The property is related to the statewide historic contexts of "Railroads and Agricultural Development, 1870- 1940."

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