The city of Las Vegas and Ward 5 Councilman Ricki Y. Barlow are seeking historic images relating to the Westside Grammar School, the oldest remaining schoolhouse in Las Vegas. Residents can bring their mementos to the historical collection kickoff event being held at the Nevada State Museum in Lorenzi Park, on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 1 to 4 p.m. Lorenzi Park is located at 3333 W. Washington Ave.
The Las Vegas Grammar School Branch No. 1, now known as the Historic Westside School, was built in 1923 and is located at 330 W. Washington Ave. The building was the first grammar school in West Las Vegas. During the 1940s, the school expanded to accommodate a growing population and was important in the development of the Historic Westside. Today, the building is home to KCEP radio, serves as a community center and provides offices for the Economic Opportunity Board.
Earlier this year, the school was awarded a plaque from the National Register of Historic Places commemorating it as a historical building. In addition, the city of Las Vegas was recently awarded $550,000 from the Las Vegas Centennial Commission for structural, mechanical and electrical surveys of the school site, and for development of a restoration and program plan for the school.
“Part of the plan is to preserve the school’s rich history with oral histories and develop a collection of school memorabilia,” Councilman Barlow said. “Residents are encouraged to search boxes in the attic, scrapbooks, and bureau drawers for historic photos, report cards or other items, to bring to our Sept. 25 event so they may be scanned and returned to their owners.
“We are looking to the community to provide historic images to assist our architects with a rehabilitation project that we will all be proud of.”
The city’s historical collections kickoff is being held in conjunction with the second annual Las Vegas Westside Alumni Reunion and picnic at the park that day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Those who are unable to attend the event, but would like to share their photos, can call 229-1330 or visit www.lasvegasnevada.gov/westsideschool for more information.