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WASHINGTON MIDDLE SCHOOL. Located in 1990 at the corner of North Grandview Avenue and Dodge Street. A resolution adopted on April 27, 1921, by the board of education of the DUBUQUE COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT called for the construction of two new junior high schools.
Washington Junior High School plate. Photo courtesy: Joseph Jacobsmeier

The proposition to issue bonds for the construction was passed by a majority of 54 percent on June 3, 1921. On April 22, 1922, the Gasses site on the corner of Grandview Avenue and Dodge Street was chosen for the location of one of the schools. Construction proceeded, and Washington Junior High School was opened the second semester of the 1922-1923 academic year.

Image courtesy: Mike Day. Kendall C. Day family collection.

In 1972 Washington Junior High School became the 18th junior high in Iowa to achieve accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

The school was renamed in the 1990s when middle schools were created to address overcrowding at the elementary level.

The Washington Middle School Addition was a 5,500 two-story addition that included space that could be used as both lunchroom space and activities space. The project also included installation of air conditioning to the new lunchroom and activity space as well as the existing cafeteria. The second story of the additional was planned for a future band room and provided indoor stage access. (1)



1. "Construction Zone," Dubuque Community School District, Online: http://www.dbqschools.org/district/about-the-district/construction-zone/