About Us

  •  Hope D. Wall (1912-2001) was a local pioneer in special education.
     
  • In 1961, parents in the Aurora area asked her to help start a school for the mentally retarded.
     
  • Although she had no formal training in working with children with disabilities, she accepted the challenge.
     
  • Initially, Wall was the only teacher at the private, eight-student John F. Kennedy School for the Mentally Retarded.
     
  • In 1969, East and West Aurora School Districts agreed to work together to transform the private school into a public school and build a new facility on Indian Trail.
     
  • This school was named in honor of Hope D. Wall

 

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HOPE D. WALL

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HOPE D. WALL SCHOOL
Constructed 1969
449 W. Indian Trail Ct. Aurora, IL 60506