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Monday, June 24, 2013

Mosaic School Mural and Architecture

While in Sheboygan this weekend camping at Kohler-Andrae State Park I stumbled upon a building that currently houses the Mosaic School, a charter middle school.  I searched the internet high and low for information on the building, which I assume was probably industrial due to the big clock, but no luck.  What I did learn was that Sheboygan at the beginning of the last century was producing shoes, gloves, Jung Carriages and Garton toys.

I think the kids at the middle school would've liked some of Garton Toys' offerings. Sleds, bikes and scooters are timeless items, though Garton's versions are not as high tech as what they offer today.

   Nevertheless, the school had a great mural highlighting the importance of diversity, equality and acceptance.  Our personal experiences indicate that schools often don't follow through on these ideals in day-to-day situations.  Public, charter, private, we've tried them all, and all wanted nothing to do with the uncomfortable task of doling out consequences for bullying, unfortunately.  Hopefully someday that will change and the ideals portrayed in this mural will be reality.

More murals at Oakland Daily Photo's Monday Murals!

I loved the quote above the front door. They abbreviated it a bit, here's the original:

Therefore, when we build, let us think that we build for ever. Let it not be for present delight, nor for present use alone; let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come when those stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say as they look upon the labour and wrought substance of them, "See! this our fathers did for us."   John Ruskin, 1907

They built, I noticed, but someone along the line forgot to keep a record of what the building was and when it was built!  Maybe if I get to Sheboygan again I'll find someone to ask.


  1. That is so frustrating to find no info especially when the building is such a nice one!

  2. It would be neat to find out any information on the building. I would love a school embracing all . MB

  3. IN my experience the kind of inclusion desired takes a lot of work and scrutiny and ongoing evaluation. Throwing seeds and watching them grown just doesn't work. Intense involvement and commitment is required. The mural itself is a nice symbol for the goal in mind. Thanks for contributing to this week's Monday Mural.

  4. The old building was Central High School. It was closed in 1961 and students were transferred to a new South High School. After closing it was used as a Vocational School for many years. I attended from 1958 to 1961. There is further info on the building and school on the Internet. I believe it was built in the early 1900,s.