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District History

In 1946, residents living on the western edge of Omaha expressed a desire to maintain quality education in their rural schools. As a result, the Boards of Education of Districts 19, 31, 46 and 65 met to decide whether combining resources would better address individual differences in children. After careful study, a committee of experts proposed a merger of the four districts into one. This group suggested that the districts use existing school facilities for students in grades 7 through 12. The committee also suggested that the new high school be designed and built with the specific developmental and academic needs of students in mind.

A series of joint meetings during the winter culminated in the merger of districts 31, 46 and 65 to form District 66 in March 1947 (District 19 chose not to join). The first three schools in the new District were Oakdale, Underwood Hills and Loveland.

The junior-senior high school opened its doors in 1952. The school was built on farmland near 87th and Pacific Street. The current high school still sits on that site today. District 66 named the school Westside after West Side Story, a popular musical at the time. The new name also served to unify the three former districts when District 66 became known as the Westside Community Schools.

Today, as an award-winning public school district, the Westside Community Schools/District 66 serves a K-12 population of more than 6,000 students. The District has ten elementary schools, one middle school, one career center and one senior high school. Westside Community Schools is the district of choice for families throughout the metropolitan area. Nearly one-third of our students attend the District through the Nebraska Enrollment Option program.

The Westside Foundation provides before and after school programs and early childhood education through the Westside Early Childhood Centers. Six of those centers offer comprehensive, nationally accredited programs for toddlers and preschoolers.
The Westside Community School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, color, age, national origin or disability.
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