Usually, when we mention "Cahill School" on this web site, we're talking about the historic one-room schoolhouse that served southwest Edina (District 16). Edina had another, more modern Cahill School, built when new residential developments caused overcrowding in the once rural neighborhood.
That school was later torn down, but old Cahill School still stands. After serving Edina continuously from 1864 to 1958, it stood empty for many years until the City of Edina restored it and moved it to Tupa Park.
This class graduated from (new) Cahill School in 1956. Aren't they a fine looking bunch, with suits and ties for the boys and dressy dresses for the girls?
John Olinger brought in this photo of his sister Katy's class and had many of the students identified. If you can help fill in the blanks, please comment here.
Note: Here is a revised list of names, with contributions/corrections from Jeff Strate, Sandra Cecere and other class members. Thank you for helping identify these students!
Back row: Steve Swanson, Alida (Katherine) Van Wazer, Sherron Spearing, Donna Stuart, Barb Amundson, Mary Richardson, Mary (Juni) Kelley, Bob Perbix, Gail Carlson.
3rd row: Dale Anderson, Gordy Martinson, Roger Carlson. David Prin, Jerry Gunderson, (unknown), Don Wedin, Harry Heckathorn, Jerry (last name unknown).
2nd row: Jolinda Johnson, Pam Pederson, Carol Kessler, Linda Carlson, Katy Olinger, Kitty Trapp, John Prin, Georgia Gorian, Jimmy Moore.
Front row, left to right: Steve LeBeau, Jeff Strate, John Portinga, (Unknown), Penelope Street, Barb. Kane, (Jim unknown), Elise Reed, Dick Gleeson.
Standing left: Cahill Principal Richard A. Dols and standing right: Mr. Don Johnson, 6th grade teacher.
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