History of Pershing Elementary

History of Pershing Elementary by Zachary

I am a student at Pershing Elementary. I think you might want to find out about the man our school was named after and the history of Pershing Elementary.

General John Pershing was a World War I hero. He was born on September 15, 1860 in Lacleade, Missouri. He enjoyed horseback riding as a child. As he got older he attended the West Point Military Academy. He was part of the class of 1886. He taught at the University of Nebraska, then became an instructor at West Point. The men who he instructed gave him the nickname "Black Jack". He was given this nickname because he led an African American Calvary during several battles. In 1917 the U.S.A. entered World War l. He commanded over 2,000,000 men of the American Expeditionary Force. He also played a big role in defeating Germany.  Pershing was given highest rank as general of the U.S. Army in 1919. He retired in 1924.  In 1905 he married a woman named Helen Warren. On July 15, 1948, General John Pershing died at the age of 88.

In 1919 there was a school in the small village of West Milwaukee, Wisconsin named after this great man. In the year 1900 some people from the school faculty in our district bought land on S. 47th St. & Beloit. The school became a part of the school board on July 12,1904. In 1919 the school was named Pershing Elementary School. Pershing School was a small, red brick building. The grades were from kindergarten to 8th grade. It had a basement, 1st floor, and 2nd floor. There were 9 classrooms with 35 kids per class. Some of the subjects were reading, writing, math, geography, gym, science, and music.

Pershing School was torn down in the early 1970's. The new Pershing School was built after that. It cost $1,100,000. That school is the one that stands now. I am proud to say, "I go to Pershing School".