District 23 History
Its origin as a community began in 1936 when the real estate developers, Smith and Dawson, constructed homes in the area bounded by Willow Road on the north, McDonald Road on the south, Elmhurst Road on the east, and Schoenbeck Road on the west. During the next twelve years, Smith and Dawson developed most of the area bounded by Euclid Avenue north to Palatine Road and Wheeling Road west to Schoenbeck Road. Elmhurst Road served as a dividing line running north and south. The center of the community became the intersection of Elmhurst and McDonald Roads. It was there that one of the first shopping centers in the state was constructed.

In the 1950s, land north of Palatine Road was developed. The main subdivisions were Country Gardens, Drake Terrace, and Bluett. Characteristic of the original development of Smith and Dawson, the homes were built on large lots with half an acre being the most common.

A significant trend in home construction began in the late 1950s and early l960s. Developers built on smaller lots, and new residents sought annexation to nearby municipalities. Arlington Vista, Tallyrand, Dunroven, and Sugarbrook subdivisions were built to the west between Schoenbeck Road and Buffalo Grove Road. However, all of the subdivisions were incorporated into the Village of Arlington Heights.

In the 1970s, development continued with homes constructed in the Northgate subdivision in the northwest corner of the district bounded by Hintz Road on the north, Buffalo Grove Road on the west, and Waterman on the east. This area in Arlington Heights grew and included the V.I.P. Apartments and Lake of the Winds Condominiums just south of Hintz Road and east of Waterman. The Candlewood Apartments were constructed in Arlington Heights on the corner of Rand, Windsor, and Camp McDonald Roads. Additional construction was completed in Prospect Heights with the building of Brandenberry Apartments on Camp McDonald Road on the south, Waterman on the west, Olive on the north, and Dale on the east. In the south portion of the District located in Mt. Prospect, Colony, Country and Wimbleton Condominiums were developed. Also, an area in the Village of Wheeling bounded by Hintz Road on the north, Sherwood on the west, Elmhurst on the east, and Garden Lane on the South was developed with single family homes. The Forum Apartments and condominiums located north of Palatine Road and east of Elmhurst were constructed.

In the 1980s, single family homes were constructed in the Kingsport and Ridgefield subdivisions located in the Village of Wheeling, along with the single family and carriage homes of Polo Run and the Winetree Apartments. In Arlington Heights, north of Willow Road and east of Waterman, the Courts of Russetwood were developed with single family homes. Just west of there carriage homes were constructed in the development called Arlington on the Ponds. The Hoffman Builders completed the Northgate subdivision by building homes in the far northwest corner of the district off of Hintz and Windsor Drive. A one hundred and forty acre site across from the MacArthur Middle School was developed by several builders. Called Lake Arlington Towne, it includes single family homes, townhomes, and apartments. Prospect Heights has single family homes constructed in the developments called Summerset Estates, located north of Palatine Road and east of Schoenbeck Roads, and Willow Estates is located south of Willow Road and west of Waterman.

With the start of the 2011-12 school year District 23 reorganized it’s three elementary schools Dwight D. Eisenhower, Betsy Ross, and Anne Sullivan into grade level centers. This means that all students attend each school based on their grade level. Eisenhower School enrolls Early Childhood children, Kindergarten and First Grade students. Ross School enrolls Second and Third Grade students, and Sullivan School enrolls Fourth and Fifth Grade students. All district Sixth, Seventh and Eight graders attend Gen. Douglas MacArthur Middle School.

The residents of District 23 have always placed a premium on good schools. Locally, the educational needs of the children are met by elementary District 23 and high school District 214. The community is fortunate to have two high schools, Wheeling High School and John Hersey High School, built within its boundaries.

The problems of the future for the community are similar to those of other suburban communities. Land developers are attracted by the remaining open spaces. Light industry, which would provide a broader tax base while maintaining the charm of the community, has not moved in, which affects the financial picture of the local schools.
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