1836: The first school house was built from sawed lumber prepared by the Hubbard and Kinzie mill in Thornton. The first teachers were James Barton and (Photo 1) Caleb T. Sweet. The school stood just northwest of the railroad on Ridge Road.Temporary classrooms were at Town Hall, John Stolzenbach’s meat market and Charles Frenck’s store. The board of Directors went to Chicago on Oct. 16 to buy seats and books that were necessary to begin school with. School opened Monday morning October 21.