A New Community School in 1953
“Western Hills school has the unique distinction of being the first school in three decades to serve a completely new community in the school district of Omaha,” stated Dr. Harry A. Burke, who was the Superintendent of Omaha Public Schools in 1953.
The ten acre school site originally started out as farming land and Robert Dillion, a real estate developer, sold a portion of this land to the Board of Education. Thousands of children have walked on this land and received an outstanding education.
Western Hills was a truly modern school when it was built in 1953. The one story, masonry structure, was designed to provide facilities for children from kindergarten through sixth grade. The school started out with twelve classrooms, a kindergarten, a library, and a multipurpose room which also served as an auditorium, gymnasium, and cafeteria.