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1880
Joliet’s first high school was established.  Superintendent Colonel D. H. Darling ran a school for 200 students and five faculty members on the corner of Chicago and Webster streets.

1899
Joliet Township High School District #204 was established

1901
Joliet Township High School District #204 was dedicated in April of 1901 at 201 E. Jefferson Street.  When the school opened it also housed Joliet Junior College, the nation’s first and now oldest community college.  Students were offered six years of education.  High school seniors would graduate and enter directly into Joliet Junior College, at no cost to their families.    The first Board of Education was comprised of the following officers:  The Honorable A.O. Marshall, President, Truman A. Mason, Secretary, and Board Members:  Honorable D.F. Higgins, Henry Leach, and Henry Banzet.  Dr. J. Stanley Brown was the district’s first Superintendent.

1917
201. E. Jefferson building was expanded

1922
201. E. Jefferson building was expanded --- Boys’ Gymnasium

1924
201. E. Jefferson building was expanded --- New Auditorium

1931
201. E. Jefferson building was expanded --- Girls’ Gymnasium

1964
The district opened Joliet East High School at 1101 Mills Road

1964
The district opened Joliet West High School at  401 N. Larkin

1964
201 E. Jefferson Street Building was re-named as Joliet Central High School

1969
Joliet Junior College moved to their own campus at 1215 Houbolt Ave.

1982
201 E. Jefferson building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places

1983
Joliet East High School was closed and sold to the Illinois Job Corps due to declining district enrollment.

1988
Purchased property to begin acquiring land to expand the Central Campus Athletic fields.

1993
Athletic programs were combined due to budget constraints.

1999
Transfer of property to the City of Joliet for construction on Firehouse #6 which is located on 2049 Onieda Street.

2001
District celebrates its 100th year anniversary.

2002
Joliet Township implemented first strategic plan.

2004
150 acres of property was purchased at the corner of Black Road and Bronk Road for potential district expansion.

2002
West Expansion Phase 1:  addition of 35 classrooms, 1 workroom, and 1 office.

2003
West Expansion Phase 2a:  addition of new cafeteria, new faculty cafeteria, kitchen, textbook center, and community entrance  The existing cafeteria was converted into two science classrooms, technology training room, offices for Curriculum Directors and Content Specialists as well as a room to house ISS and extra storage space for the Maintenance Department.

2003
West Expansion Phase 2b:  addition of 16 classrooms.

2004
Completion of Central Campus Expansion known as the Vera Smith annex. This added sixteen classrooms, computer labs, an addition to the Technical and Industrial building to house auto and welding classes.  A bridge was constructed to connect the Smith and T & I buildings to the main Central Campus.

2005
90 Casseday was purchased for future expansion of Joliet Central’s athletic fields.

2005
Resurfaced the floor of the West Campus physical education multi-purpose room and reconstructed baseball and softball dugouts.

2006
84.95 acres of the Black and Bronk Road property was sold to the Will County Forest Preserve.

2006
JSA constructed concession stand located by the softball facilities.

2006
Central Campus main and east gyms floors were resurfaced.

2006
Purchased 139 East Van Buren Street (Rendels Property) for future expansion of Central Campus.

2007
Began construction of field houses at both the Central and West Campuses.  The field house construction was made possible by a positive ( over 65%) referendum that was no additional cost to the taxpayer.  The West Campus field house is 54,000 square feet and can house over 3000 students.  There are four basketball, six volleyball, and twelve badminton courts along with a full track with high and long jump stations.  The Central Campus field house is 49,000 square feet.  It has three basketball, six volleyball, and twelve badminton courts along with a full track with high and long jump stations.

2008
Central Campus indoor air quality project begins.  The IAQ project brought HVAC, electrical and other systems up to date while respecting the historic architecture.  Along with the improvement to air quality, the project also encompasses wiring for technological equipment, and improved, energy-efficient lighting.

2009
Second writing of Strategic plan for years 2009 to 2014.

2009
District Offices relocated to 300 Caterpillar Drive from Joliet Central Campus.  The building was previously occupied by the Joliet Herald News.  The district gained space for ten professional development rooms, Board of Education meeting space, central storage and distribution space, and community and staff childcare center.

2009
Reconstructed Central Campus softball fields and added science classrooms in place of the District Offices .                                                                                  

2010
Established separate athletic teams for Joliet Central and Joliet West.

2010
Reconstructed baseball and softball dugouts and resurfaced tennis courts at Central Campus.

2011
3901 Olympic Boulevard was purchased to house the District Transportation Center which was previously housed on Joliet Central Campus.  This facility is a 148,000 square foot warehouse and in a prime location.  It houses almost the entire fleet of 150 vehicles.

2011
Purchased and demolished 152 Youngs Avenue (Mahalik Property) for the expansion of Central Campus athletic fields.

2011
Addition of West Campus Press box, resurfaced tennis courts, and reconstructed baseball fields.

2011
Artificial field turf football fields and new tracks were installed at both Central and West Campuses.  Central Campus athletic field improvements included press box and bleachers.

2011
Completion of West Campus addition.  The addition included eight science classrooms, two additional classrooms, added a hallway to the field house, and a concession stand.

2012
A ten year lease was approved for a store front location on 131 Collins Street to house the Special Education Transition Center.

2012
Acquired 80 acres of property through the CenterPoint settlement agreement at Manhattan Road and Rowell Avenue in Elwood.

2012
Purchase of residential properties on Bodio Place for Joliet Central Athletic expansion.

 
 
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