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Chiddix Junior High, Normal Early 1960s

Chiddix Junior High, 1960s.

Seen here is an early photograph of the International-style inspired Chiddix Jr High School, the work of the Normal-based architectural firm of Middleton Associates. Chiddix opened in April 1961.

The late Keith Middleton, principal architect and president of Middleton Associates from 1955 to 1996, had a hand in many local school buildings. The firm’s work includes McLean County Unit District No. 5 schools Colene Hoose, Fairview, and Sugar Creek, as well as Illinois State University’s Stevenson and Turner halls, and the Ropp Agricultural Building, among many others.

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp is the Librarian at the McLean County Museum of History


Bart Williams12/31/18 11:39am

I believe we were moved from the Old Central School in January or February. April seems too late from what I remember. The class of 1965 was the first to attend Chiddix while we were in 8th grade.

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