Here’s a look at the former Dodd School and the Doddway Center that took its place.
Dodd School: 1928-1970
Opened in 1928, Dodd School was located on Smith Avenue, just south of Dodd Road. It joined Oakdale School as part of West St. Paul’s post-World War I population boom. The building cost $67,000 to build.
As new schools were built, including Garlough in 1958 and Moreland in 1964, Dodd became less used. By 1964, the school district rented the building to the city for office space at a cost of $1 per year. Dodd School was torn down in 1970.
In 1956, Doddway Center was constructed behind Dodd School (today it’s home to Oxendale’s, but back then it was Applebaum’s). When Dodd School was torn down, Doddway Center expanded to the west.
Currently there’s a proposed redevelopment plan for Doddway that could reshape the entire corner again.
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