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Date Built - 1969
Dedication - Oct. 10, 1970
Cost of Construction -
Architects - Frank Cain

Namesakes: Lee Francis Jones who oversaw the WKU Department of Education from 1931-1958 and Craddock Jaggers, director of WKU Training School between 1938 and 1956 and as head of the Department of Psychology from 1956 until his retirement in 1960.

Lee Francis Jones, a native of Platteville, Wisconsin was born in 1885. He joined the faculty of WKU in 1930 and named head of the Department of Education in 1931. Jones was a World War I veteran and received his education at Illinois State University, University of Washington and University of Wisconsin. He taught in rural Washington schools prior to coming to WKU. Dr. Jones died in 1970 shortly after the building was named for him.

The naming of the building was approved by the Board of Regents on August 22, 1969.

History: The school opened in the fall of 1970.

Park City Daily News:
"County May Lease WKU Lab School," May 17, 1981, P. 1
"Going Around in Circles," Oct. 24, 1968
"Lab School Lease OK'd," June 16, 1981
"Lab School Patrons See Demonstration," Dec. 18, 1969
"School Is Smart to Collect Cans," April 28, 1989
"They See His Face Like Theirs," Dec. 21, 1969, P. 19
"Time Needed to Replace Jones-Jaggers," May 2, 1988
"Western Honors Two in Naming Of New School," Aug. 29, 1969
"What's New?" Dec. 16, 1973, P. 17
Bauer, David. "Elementary School Likely to Be Added," April 29, 1988
Bauer, David. "WKU Wants Jones-J," April 10, 1988
Craig, Courtney. "Natcher Elementary Principal Retiring on a High Note," May 18, 2005
Fish, Tim. "County, City Schools' Enrollment Up," Sept. 8, 1981
Jackson, Lisa. "Jones-Jaggers May House WKU Community," Oct. 1, 1990
Mayfield, Barry. "Pupils Learn at Own Pace," No Date
Mitchell, Ron. "The Role of Jones-Jaggers," May 20, 1980
Morris, Rebecca. "Jones-Jaggers Pre-School Plan a Model for Grade-Less Primary," July 29, 1990
Reigler, Hunter. "Lease Renewal Considered," June 26, 1985
Telli, Andrew. "Jones-Jaggers' Fate Still Up in the Air," May 10, 1981
Wilder, Mary. "County School Board to Discuss Possible Elementary Crowding," June 7, 1988
Williams, Bill. "Learning About Dance," Oct. 19, 1977


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