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8145 Puritan Ave, Detroit, MI 48221

Closed by the State of Michigan Emergency Financial Manager in 2010, under Detroit Public Schools this was Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary-Middle School. The original school was built in 1922 and was part of District Number 2 of Greenfield Township and was named Guest Elementary. Just a few years later, all of Greenfield Township would be incorporated into the City of Detroit.

It is easy to look at this with towering hindsight and to ask if maybe we would all be doing a lot better if these other regions had never been absorbed by Detroit. This also begs the question as to whether or not it might be better these days to trim the borders of Detroit back to it’s earlier, more manageable size.

Greenfield Township was bordered on the north by M 102/Baseline Road/8 Mile Road, on the west by Greenfield Road, on the south by Tireman Avenue, and the eastern border ran along the edges of Highland Park and Hamtramck.

7 Responses to Edgar Guest Elementary

  • I KNEW THE FOUR TEACHERS ON THE FENKEL SIDE (2nd.Floor,) THEY WERE, (Left To Right From The Outside,)
    MRS.O.BRIEN, MRS. SIMON, THEN THERE WERE TWO LITTLE ROOMS OVER THE MAIN ENTRANCE, THEN ROOM 201 WAS MY CLASSROOM & MRS, BROWN FROM 1st. GRADE TO 3rd. GRADE, ROOM 203 (My Future 4th. Grade To 6th. Grade Teacher Sept. 1968 To June 1971 At Another School) WAS MRS. TILLER. I ALSO KNOW THE PRINCIPAL’S NAME WAS MR. DECON, THE GYM TEACHER (Whom I never Had) WAS MR. BALDWYN. I HAD A LOT OF FUN & STILL RETAIN THOSE MEMORIES. TWO OTHER SCHOOLS BUILT AROUND THE SAME TIME (1922) WERE, WARREN G. HARDING JR. HIGH, (My Jr. High School From 7th. To 8th. Grade ,) (Demolished, Then Rebuilt, To Become ”The New” Samuel Gompers Elem. Middle School.) & REDFORD HIGH (My High School From 9th. To 12th. Grade.) SO SAD TO SEE THEM GONE.

  • I went to Guest 1966 to 1969. Made such great friends One of the science rooms had a greenhouse off of it. Had a great auditorium. Hate to see the condition it’s in

  • I WENT THERE SEPT. 1965 TO JUNE 1968, MET MY ONE & ONLY GIRLFRIEND THERE, (Whom I Still Have Today,)
    IF THEY EVER THINK OF RENOVATING THAT SCHOOL TO IT’S FORMER GLORY, I COULD POSSIBLY BE OF SOME
    HELP TO THEM, THE GYM IS LOCATED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SCHOOL (If Any Of You Have Any Overhead Views Of The School, It’s Where The ”Skylight” Is,) NEXT TO THE GYM WAS A LITTLE COURTYARD, NEXT TO IT WAS THE AUDITORIUM. (The School Is Located On Fenkel (5 Mile) & MEYERS, THE OTHER TWO STREETS SURROUNDING THE
    SCHOOL ARE, MANOR & CHALFONTE.

  • Mike – its 8145 Puritan Ave, Detroit, MI 48221

  • What is the full address of this school? I see it’s 10825, but what street? Unable to locate in Google.

  • Chris thats crazy ! I had to look up that original name and I was wondering if Edgar Guest was going to ring any bells. Wow, small world.

  • I had no idea! Very cool. His great grandson was a good friend of mine in the local acting community although he passed around 10 year ago. Edgar Guest III, the great grandson of Edgar Guest for whom this school is named.

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