On this date in local history

On this date in local history

In 1912, the Urbana school board issued a statement in support of building a new high school in the city. The present school was built with a capacity of 250 students and is serving 354. “After thoroughly canvassing the situation for several months, we find we either must remodel the old high school building and buy a site to erect thereon a new grade school within two or three years, or buy a site and erect thereon a new high school building and use the present high school building for seventh and eighth grades,” he said. “We consider the old building too good a structure to be torn down and not suitable to remodel for the needs of our high school.”

In 1962, Robert W. McDonald has resigned as Champaign County state’s attorney and has been committed to Norbury Hospital in Jacksonville, an institution for treatment of mental illness. Charles L. Palmer, assistant city attorney in Champaign, was appointed by Circuit Judge Charles Keller to temporarily succeed McDonald. Palmer announced immediately that he will investigate the reported shortage of funds that led to McDonald’s resignation.


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