Milpitas Grammar School


The Milpitas Grammar School was designed by Frank Delos Wolfe  The structure was completed by the architect's brother, Theodore Linfield Wolfe, in 1915 for $13,212. The Milpitas Grammar School was completed in 1915. It had offices, at least four classrooms, and an auditorium. It replaced an earlier two story Victorian styled wooden schoolhouse that burned down in 1912. The earlier school also utilized the old Presberterian Church building next-door on the north side for two classrooms. Several classes of students had annual photographs taken in front of this church. Behind the old school was a carriage barn where students and teachers kept their buggies and horses while school was in session. It and a storage building just to the south both burned down with the school in 1912. For the three years the new school was under construction, students attended school in a building located on the old Weller Ranch about 200 feet north of the present site.

Classes were held in the new building until 1954 when the city was incorporated. For a few years it served as the city hall. It also was the city library for a time.   In 1990, the city undertook a rebuilding/restoration of the school thanks to historical photos of the courtyard and entrance provided by the Historical Society.  For several years, the building served as the Senior Center until closed due to mold in 2002.  In 1993, the school was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Picture is from July, 1997.

In 2006, the city undertook construction of a library that adaptively reused the grammar school in the final design.  The Milpitas Public Library opened in 2009.  This is a state-of-the-art, spacious facility with a four level parking garage.


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