From the archives, 1969: Maple Woods campus opens, with classes held in churches

100 Years, 100 Stories

After voters approved a $25 million bond issue in 1965, the Metropolitan Junior College District opened three new campuses as planned in 1969 — even though not everything was ready on the first day of classes.

The Maple Woods campus in the Northland, for instance, held its first classes in two nearby churches and a junior high school. Classes met on campus for the first time Nov. 3, 1969, and even then most of the buildings were temporary structures.

“What the students really missed (by not being on campus) was the library,” Maple Woods’ president said at the time. “The first building they went into was our new library building.”

As these clippings from The Kansas City Star and Kansas City Times show, the 1,000-plus Maple Woods students that fall of ’69 also had to dodge construction work.

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