Desegregation of Highland Park's Schools

It was not until 1978 that by state direction the Highland Park Public School District was ordered to desegregate its three elementary schools. A longstanding open enrollment policy was partially blamed for promoting an imbalance in the racial composition of its schools. The state Office of Education Opportunity found that the proportion of minority students at Irving School exceeded the district average, while that at Hamilton (an existing elementary school at the time) was below the average count.

The school district will be commemorating the 40th anniversary of the desegregation of its schools throughout 2018. Below are resources that provide more information about the history of the process:

-Click to download articles compiled from various regional publications between 1978 and 1983.

-Click to download an eight-slide historical overview of segregation and desegregation in Highland Park.