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Tiskilwa Schools Through the Years


Tiskilwa's first school was a private school which opened in 1838.  It was located in a 16' x 34' building located near Main and Sycamore streets. The building also served as a community meeting place for town hall meetings and elections.


The second school was a public school called Union School. It was built in 1850 and was located at the current site of St. Mary's Church.


The next school was built in 1867 at a price of $35,000, housed grades 1-12, and was said to be the finest district school in Illinois outside of Chicago.*

The building served grades 1-12 from 1868 through 1912, and served grades 1-8 until 1939.

*Mary B. Steimle, When Tiskilwa Was Young, 1985.



Gymnasium added in 1950

Spring 1979-1995

Annexed to Princeton in 1996.

The building is now privately owned.



Gym, cafeteria, kitchen, and east wing of classrooms added in 1955.

Former Tiskilwa Grade School, now owned by Princeton Elementary School District.