At 5:41 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, 2011, Joplin, Missouri was struck by a horrific EF-5 tornado that left a path of destruction through one-third of our city. Thousands of homes and businesses were destroyed and 161 people lost their lives, including seven Joplin Schools' students and one staff member. Ten out of twenty school district buildings were damaged or destroyed resulting in financial damages of more than $100 million. More than 3000 students lived in the path of the storm and more than 4,200 students were without a school to attend.
• Joplin High School
• East Middle School
• Franklin Technology Center
• Irving Elementary School
• Emerson Elementary School
• Old South Middle School (transitional facility vacant at time of storm)
Damaged or partial losses:
• Cecil Floyd Elementary School
• Duquesne Elementary School
• Kelsey Norman Elementary School
• Roi S. Wood Administration Building
Joplin Schools began responding immediately. Our first priority was to account for all of our staff and students, then assess the damage. All students and staff were accounted for within one week of the tornado. We then turned our attention to finding temporary schools for our students.
Temporary school locations:
Joplin Schools made the commitment to start school on time. As promised, on August 17, 2011, 87 days after the tornado, all locations, including the following temporary locations, were ready to serve Joplin students. More than 3,200 students attended temporary facilities. Joplin Schools on the move - map.
• Joplin High School (temporary split campus)
- JHS 11-12 Campus at Northpark Mall, 101 N. Range Line Rd. (View facility design)
- JHS 9-10 Campus, 310 W. 8th St.
• Franklin Technology Center – 420 S. Grand Ave.
• East Middle School (in Crossroads Industrial Complex) – 7501 E. 26th St.
• Irving Elementary School – 1112 E. 2nd St.
• Duenweg / Duquesne Elementary School (combined) – 202 Malloy Circle
• Emerson Elementary School at Duquesne – 1301 S. Duquesne Rd.
• Early Childhood students at McKinley Elementary Campus – 610 S. Forest St.
• Roi S. Wood Education Center serving Beacon andFlex programs – 1717 E. 15th St.
• Joplin Schools Administration Building – 3901 E. 32nd St.