Pleasant Hill History
A picture of the second Pleasant Hill building painted by Mr. Clayton Cellier.
Did you know Pleasant Hill has a long history in Oklahoma? Below you will find some interesting facts about our wonderful school!
1.Pleasant Hill is the oldest school in Oklahoma County! The first school was established around 1890 at 30th and Bartel Road.
2.Daisy Allen was the 1st teacher at Pleasant Hill. She taught on a dirt covered floor built of Cottonwood slabs. The school was only opened three months of the year because of chores and other responsibilities on the farms.
3.Miss Allen married J.A. Baugus, who became the 1st Superintendent of schools in Oklahoma County.
4.In 1897 a Mr. Blackburn taugh in the "New" clapboard building at the school's present location. He rode his horse to school daily from Edmond.
5.In 1935, a permanent rock structure was built. The rock wall around the north playground is all that is left of that building.
6.Pleasant Hill was the headquarters for the Draftboard for a major portion of Oklahoma City in World War II.
7.In 1973, Pleasant Hill district merged with Mid-Del Public Schools.
8.From the mid 1970's through the mid 1980's Pleasant Hill housed the Forest Park Fire Department. The fire department primarily consistented of volunteer firemen who also were Catholic monks that lived in a monastery across the street. The Forest Park Police Department was also housed in the teacher's workroom at Pleasant Hill. The major court proceedings were held there, mostly for paying traffic fines.
A special thanks to Mr. Clayton Cellier (a former Pleasant Hill Principal and teacher) for researching and sharing some of the history of Pleasant Hill!