The first Walnut Hill School building was built in 1888. The present building was constructed in 1926, situated in a majestic walnut grove, from which the name was derived. A modern facility in its day, it cost $25,000 and boasted the first elementary library in the city. Our school has been renovated four times; once in 1953, again in 1964,1985 and again in 2004. Due to continued growth in enrollment, a new addition to the north side of our building was added, creating approximately ten new classrooms in 2004. Presently, the enrollment of Walnut Hill is approximately 480 students in grades pre-kindergarten through sixth. The school day begins with breakfast at 8:35 A.M. Classes begin at 9:00 A.M., and dismissal is at 4:00 P.M.
Over the years, our community's demographics have changed, and our school is a reflection of those who live in the Walnut Hill area. Our ESL services have increased significantly, with over a third of our school currently or previously served through the English as a Second Language Program. Walnut Hill's mobility rate has decreased over the years down to approximately 22%, because many of our families remain at at school through sixth grade. The percentage of students qualifying for and receiving free and reduced lunch is 96%. We continue to explore ways to include and learn from our richly diverse Walnut Hill community.