The Bennett School


The Bennett School

Built in 1926 or ’27 the Bennett School was one of the last one room schools to be built in West Des Moines and was in use until at least 1941. It was originally located on an acre of ground donated by the Bennett family at the southwest corner of what is now known as Fuller Road and 50th Street. The school was eventually sold, remodeled slightly, and used as a private home for a number of years before being donated to the West Des Moines Historical Society by its final owners. Through the generosity of the community, a restoration project was begun in 1997 which returned the school to it’s former appearance.

Groups wanting a tour of the Bennett School should call the Historical Society office (515-225-1286) or email info@wdmhs.org  to schedule a time. The tour fee is $5 per person with a $40 minimum. Visitors may choose from the following:

  • A teacher–led classroom experience for children
  • A nostalgic look at the one–room school experience led by a person who attended this type of school as a child
  • Lead your own class

The school building may also be rented for special events, parties, classes, meetings, etc. For rental information please contact the West Des Moines Historical Society at 515-225-1286.

Virtual Tour

Take a virtual tour of the Bennett School by dragging your cursor to the left or right on the image below or use the arrow keys on your keyboard.