History of The Leelanau School: Pt 3

Art_HelenBWThe 1970s were a transition period for Leelanau. In 1970 Arthur Huey stepped down as President and became President Emeritus. He continued to serve the school as Life Trustee till his passing on March 7, 2003.

In 1979 the school celebrated its Golden Anniversary with several events including a 50th anniversary party in Dearborn, Michigan and the publishing of Leelanau — The First Fifty Years, an excellent source of nostalgic, anecdotal stories from the school’s history.

 

Art_Helen00In 1979 the school celebrated its Golden Anniversary with several events including a 50th anniversary party in Dearborn, Michigan and the publishing of Leelanau — The First Fifty Years, an excellent source of nostalgic, anecdotal stories from the school’s history.

 

 

 

Several physical plant needs were addressed with the building of the cabins north of the Student Center in the mid 1970s, the remodeling of the Student Center to create the Karman Activity Center (1987), the building of a Algonquin Dormitory (1990), and the creation of the Cora Mautz Beals Art Center, by moving her former home to campus (1991).

1970'sMapAs the school moved through the 1980s and 1990s, while retaining its vision, direction, and sense of service to youth as exemplified by Skipper and Cora Beals, Major and Helen Huey, Coach Sweeny, Duke Francis, Uncle Whit, Tom Hilton, Charlie Shinn, it took its present shape and form. It’s affiliation with Christian Science was severed to become non denominational as an effort to appeal to a broader student market as an effort to boost attendance.

The student body is diverse in terms of the backgrounds of its students, including an international student group of 10% of the enrollment. Summer Programs, which include a day and boarding summer school, fill the campus with students from graduation until the next August’s registration.

While it is the goal of the school to remain comparatively small in size in order to maintain its sense of community, the Board’s plan for controlled growth began with the completion of the Cochran Dormitory in 1993.

In the fall of 1995, the Board of Trustees made a commitment to revitalize and expand the environmental section of the mission statement to make sure that each student has the same quality of experience with the natural surroundings of the school that has been experienced by every student since the school opened in 1929.

Efforts to pay off the capital debt the last years of the century came to fruition in 2000. Due to the efforts of the Board, friends and alumni the school embarked debt free into the millennium.

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