Glen Oaks to place historic marker at original site


CENTREVILLE – A historical marker will be dedicated to identify the beginning of Glen Oaks Community College.

The marker will be on the site of the former White Pigeon High School at 201 South Lincoln Street, which is where Glen Oaks held their first classes fifty years ago. The building was scheduled for demolition, but according to historical data that was put on hold as college officials hurried to put together a temporary location to hold classes and start programming.

In that first semester, records show 729 students were enrolled and classes started on September 15.

Glen Oaks operated out of the building for its first year and a half while construction of the current college facility was done on Shimmel Road.

A ceremony for the historical marker will be on Monday, September 18 starting at 10 AM right next to the White Pigeon Central Elementary School at 305 East Hotchin Avenue. The public is invited to attend.

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