Edina High School was built at 6754 Valley View Road in the fall of 1972 on the Ernie Davis farm.
The farmhouse, 6740 Valley View, stood on the north side of the road (see below).
Here was the house.
And the barn.
Here's a closer look with what looks like a police or fire vehicle on the left side of the photo. I don't know more without further research, but it looks like the farm was not operating at the time these photos were taken (estimated 1970). The Davis's are not listed in the phone books of that time period, either.
Edina's student population grew rapidly in the 1960s, and overcrowding forced the district to build a second high school. Because the the original 1949 high school was located on the east side of town (5701 Normandale Road), the district looked for land on the west side and selected the Davis property. Logically, the schools were named Edina East and Edina West. (Or for you sports fans, the Hornets and the Cougars.)
The old school closed in 1981 and became the Edina Community Center and Edina once again had one high school.
Clarification: I should have noted in the original post that Edina West was the second school building constructed on the Davis farm. Valley View Middle School (square lighter building at left) was built in 1964. West was built in 1972. The photos were most likely taken prior to the construction of Valley View, not circa 1970.
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