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TODAY IS July 22, 2018


Welcome to the Adams Township School District website!
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The first school in Adams Township was established in Atlantic Mine in 1871. However, records of faculty and students were not kept until 1884. It was in 1891 that the Adams Township School Board hired Fred A. Jeffers to be principal.

On August 25, 1894, Fred A. Jeffers and Cora Doolittle, his classmate from the Michigan Normal School in Ypsilanti, Michigan (now Eastern Michigan University) were married. They had graduated together in 1891. Fred became Superintendent and Cora Principal of the Adams Township School District (ATSD) in September 1894. They would serve in these capacities together for 55 years until the passing of Mrs. Jeffers on March 29, 1948, two days before her 78th birthday.

The first graduating class from the ATSD occurred in 1897. There were only 8 graduates in this class and the high school was still located in Atlantic Mine. The first graduating class from Painesdale/Jeffers High School occurred in 1910 and had 13 graduates. During the 1909-1910 school year, the ATSD had 47 faculty members, which included the elementary schools. During the peak enrollment years in the early 1920s, Adams Township had 7 elementary schools: Painesdale, Trimountain, Baltic, South Range, Atlantic Mine, Toivola, and Michigan Smelt Works. These elementary schools were served by the Painesdale High Schools. In addition, Students from Stanton and Elm River Townships, as well as Bohemia Township in Ontonagon County, attended the Painesdale High School. During this period, enrollment was near 2,500 students, with 73 faculty members. We know that the ATSD was second in size only to the Calumet School District. Because school board minutes are missing from 1919 to 1943 and other records are difficult to interpret, exact details are sometimes unclear. We do know for certain that the enrollment was 2,322 students in 1918 and that it had fallen to 1,420 by 1941. The ATSD's lowest enrollment was 405 during the 2006-2007 school year.



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Posted July 12, 2018
Informational Meeting
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Posted April 4, 2018
Local School District Deadlines for November 6, 2018 Regular School Election
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Posted February 15, 2018
Adams Township Schools are Academic State Champs!
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