Pershing Building History
Pershing School opened in 1920 and was named for General John J. Pershing, a native Missourian and commander-in-chief of the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I. In 2009, the voters in University City approved a $53 million bond issue to included construction of a new LEED-certified school building. Due to construction in 2011-12, students were temporarily relocated to the recently closed Nathaniel Hawthorne building on Hanley Road.
In the fall of 2012, Pershing welcomed back its students to a new, state-of-the-art facilities include supportive, technology infrastructure; library media center; kiln room and flexible learning spaces.
Pershing has earned the National Award of Excellence in Education, also known as the Blue Ribbon School award and the highest honor from the U. S. Department of Education and was named a Gold Star School by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Photo courtesy of University City Public Library Archives circa 1930.