Union School Bell

The student population in Royal Oak’s district schools had increased to one-hundred fifty pupils which necessitated the building of a larger school.

In September, 1902, the new school was opened for session.  It was named the Union School because it housed all grades from elementary to high school.  It was located on the southeast corner of Washington and Lincoln streets where a parking structure now stands.

In 1910, the school was enlarged.  It was constructed of red brick and was two stories in height.  The first and second floors contained nine rooms.  The three rooms on the upper floor were devoted to the eight grade through high school.

The bell also served Washington Elementary when it replaced the Union School in 1924.  Washington Elementary was closed and demolished in 1975.

Union School, Royal Oak MI

Union School, Royal Oak MI

Union School Bell at the Royal Oak Historical Society Museum

The Bell as it stands today behind the Royal Oak Historical Society's Museum.  Refurbished and mounted by the fine workers at Royal Oak's Department of Public Service.  The bell also serves as a Pokemon Go Gym battle location where many king of the hill matches take place.