Little Red Schoolhouse

Little Red Schoolhouse

Scottsdale Historic Museum
7333 E. Scottsdale Mall
Scottsdale, Maricopa County, Arizona
33.492801, -111.923596

Historical Significance:
U. S. Army Chaplain Winfield Scott, the founder of Scottsdale, Arizona, was instrumental in organizing a community school district in 1896. The Little Red Schoolhouse was completed in 1909, replacing an earlier building, and represented a commitment to the future of the Scottsdale community. Today, the Scottsdale Historical Museum occupies the brick building. 

A centennial celebration of the Little Red Schoolhouse was chaired by Scottsdale Historical Society board member, Don Hadder, Sr. Arizona’s State Historian, Marshall Trimble, was master of ceremonies for the 100th Anniversary. The Territorial Brass Band performed the Star-Spangled Banner. Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane participated in the dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony. Guests enjoyed cake and tours of the Museum. 

The Major Winfield Scott Chapter, NSDAR, presented a plaque to recognize the chapter’s namesake on the 173th anniversary of his birth. The plaque reads, “In Memory of Chaplain Winfield Scott / 1837 – 1910 / A Founder of Scottsdale, Arizona, / and the Little Red School House / Placed by Major Winfield Scott Chapter / NSDAR, Scottsdale, Arizona / February 26, 2010.”

Other schools with DAR markers include:

Oldest schoolhouse in Arizona, in the town of Strawberry

Scottsdale Grammar School #2

New River school site

February 26, 2010

Major Winfield Scott Chapter, NSDAR

A snapshot of the marker. Marker text is in the body of this page.
Marker, Scottsdale Grammar School, March 4, 2019.
A snapshot of adults in period costume in front of the school. Two women are holding the marker for the little red schoolhouse.
Dedication, February 26, 2010.
A photograph of Winfield Scott standing and Helen Scott seated side saddle.
Winfield and Helen Scott in Scottsdale, Arizona, ca. 1900. The mule is identified as “Old Maud.” Courtesy of the Scottsdale Historical Society / Scottsdale Public Library.
A photograph of a one-story brick schoolhouse with about twenty children and their teachers standing in a group. Two children are mounted on horses or mules.
Scottsdale Grammar School, ca. 1912. Courtesy of the Scottsdale Historical Society / Scottsdale Public Library.


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