Residents of the Webster Groves area never have to search for things to do. Whether you favor sporting events, festivals, or professional theaters, our communities have it all. Enjoy several community events such as the Webster Groves Community Days celebration held over the Fourth of July holidays, when tens of thousands of people gather for the Lions Club Carnival and Bar-B-Que, and Independence Day parade. Dont miss the Webster Holiday Walk and Open House the second week in November. Shoppers take their lists and check them twice, returning home with their Christmas shopping complete.
For those seeking arts and culture, a number of art galleries are located throughout the community as well as Webster University. The University is a perfect place to enjoy the arts; the campus shares space with Opera Theater St. Louis and the St. Louis Repertory Theater, formerly known as the Loretto-Hilton Center of the Performing Arts. In the early 1960s, Conrad Hilton of Hilton Hotel fame generously donated one million dollars to then Webster College in order to build a cultural center. Today the Rep and its studio theater are the most popular professional theaters in St. Louis.
Other fine performances are presented by the Webster Groves Theatre Guild, a community theater dating back almost 100 years. The Shrewsbury City Center is the place to be for theatrical offerings performed by the "Young People Theater", starring community members and, at times, local elected officials.
For the best on the big screen, head to Shrewsburys eight-screen movie theatre located near many popular bars and restaurants. There are endless opportunities for fun throughout our vibrant and diverse communities!
There are endless opportunities to become active as a resident of Webster Groves and its surrounding communities. People of all ages enjoy the Webster Groves Recreation Complex, an outdoor swimming extravaganza boasting a lazy river, a crazy slide, a childrens pool with a play center, and a diving/lap pool used in many local swim meets. The Complex also houses an indoor ice arena and gymnasium where expositions and sporting events are held. It is conveniently located next to the fields and dugouts of Memorial Park. Adjacent to the complex is the Webster Groves Tennis Center, awarded in 1998 with the "St. Louis Tennis Facility of the Year" by the St. Louis Tennis Association.
Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy Websters 17 neighborhood parks, 160-acres of open green space, and three bird/nature sanctuaries. Shrewsbury is home to 20 beautiful parks spread out over 44 acres and offers fantastic baseball and soccer fields. Like Webster Groves, Shrewsbury recently completed a Parks Master Plan which will update all of its parks and facilities. Rock Hill has five neighborhood parks situated on 12 acres.
Learning is always fun at both the Rock Hill and Webster Groves Public Libraries. Younger residents are sure to enjoy Websters special childrens library which features summer reading contests and storytellers.
Golf enthusiasts will appreciate the areas close proximity to two private golf coursesAlgonquin and Westborough Country Clubas well as numerous public courses.
The rich history of Webster Groves is sure to delight any tourist. The famous Hawken House was built in 1857 by Christopher Miller Hawken for his bride, Mary Ann Kinead Eades. The Hawken family was renowned for gunsmithing; the famous Hawken rifle graced the hands of notables such as Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett, Kit Carson and John Fremont. The home moved to its present location in Southwest Park in 1970 in order to preserve its structure and was formally dedicated and opened to the public on October 2, 1971. Hawken House is now operated by the Webster Groves Historical Society as a museum featuring Victorian furnishings and special exhibits throughout the year.
Hawkens adjacent facility, the "History Barn," is the perfect place to hold a wedding ceremony or special celebration. Many residents would like to see the Barn open in the future for elegant lunches in conjunction with tours or simply as a lovely spot to enjoy a meal.
Tourists are sure to enjoy the areas fine architecture and lawns, many decorated with unique sculptural pieces. Stroll down our friendly neighborhood streets or browse through our eclectic array of antique and specialty shops. One of our cozy bed and breakfasts or comfortable hotels promise you a good nights rest.
Webster Groves residents take advantage of first-class educational resources for people of all ages. Knowledgeable, caring teachers, active school boards, and involved parents work together to provide an academic environment conducive to learning. Students are encouraged to work towards their highest potential and to love and accept themselves and all others. Our goal is to fully prepare our students for college or the work force, instill in them a sense of academic responsibility, and to foster a lifelong love of learning.
The Webster Groves School District serves the educational needs of students from the cities of Glendale, Rock Hill, Shrewsbury, Warson Woods, and Webster Groves. Kindergarten through fifth grade students attend either Avery Elementary School, established in the early 1900s; Bristol Primary & Elementary Schools, the latter which was organized in 1868 and was Webster Groves first school; or Clark, Edgar Road, or Hudson Elementary Schools. Webster Groves Elementary Computer School, whose focus is on using computers across the curriculum, enrolls students throughout the district selected by lottery. Established in 1983, Webster Groves Elementary Computer School was the first public elementary school of its kind in the country.
Sixth grade students attend Steger Sixth Grade Center, situated on 18 acres and home to the Elementary Computer School, which occupies its lower level. Hixson Middle School has been serving the educational needs of seventh and eighth grade students since 1955, and is renowned for its innovative instructional programs.
Webster Groves High School planted its roots in 1889. The school occupied the first floor of the original Bristol School Building and, following World War I, moved into the Webster Groves Armory. Webster Groves High School enrolls over 1,200 students and has been selected by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as a tentative A+ school site. As a result, beginning with 2001 graduates, Webster Groves High School students might be eligible for two years of free tuition, books, and fees from any Missouri public community college, vocational school, or technical school. This exciting program is just one of the ways that Webster Groves High School encourages higher education and prepares its students for life after high school.
Nerinx Hall, a Catholic college preparatory high school for women, boasts a diverse academic curriculum that includes a number of honors and college credit courses in English, Fine Arts, Foreign Language, Math, and Social Studies.
The College School nurtures and develops the unique potential of children (preschool - 8th grade) through hands-on, thematic education. Graduates leave 8th grade confident of who they are and what they can do. They become thinkers, problem solvers, and risk takers. They leave with a love of learning, excitement about life and self-confidence they will use the rest of their lives.
A number of preschools, such as Faith Academy Montessori, as well as day care centers and five parochial schools are also available to area residents.
Three schools serve children with special needs. Edgewood Childrens Center is recognized throughout the region for their care of children who were emotionally and physically abused.
For those pursuing higher education, St. Louis Community College at Meramec is located in nearby Kirkwood, and Webster University lies in the heart of Webster Groves. What is now known as Webster University was founded in 1915 as Webster College; Webster College became coeducational in 1967 and adopted the name Webster University in 1983. The name "Webster University" better identifies the scope and range of the universitys academic programs, the growth of its student population, and its commitment to internationalism. Webster University, whose goal is to become the worlds first truly international university, now boasts over 70 extended campuses located in cities and military bases across the United States as well as seven campuses dispersed throughout Europe and Asia. The University currently enrolls more than 15,000 students in the United States and abroad.
Eden Laboratory School: 961-2808
Avery Elementary: 963-6425
Annunciation School: 961-7712
The College School: 962-9355
Universities and Colleges
College for Living: 963-0545
Eden Theological Seminary: 961-3627
Edgeworth Childrens Center: 968-2060
Involved citizens and responsive public servants equal good government. The citizens of Rock Hill, Shrewsbury, and Webster Groves strongly believe in participatory democracy. An issue rarely comes up that does not generate interest, involvement, and action from residents and businesses. Its the combination of an involved citizenry and responsive public officials and staff that ensure good governance.
Webster Groves maintains a City Manager/Council form of government with a City Manager and seven elected Council members. Webster Groves is guided by a half-century-old City Charter. The City has 160 full-time employees and 75 part-time employees who manage six departments: Finance, Public Works, Parks and Recreation, Housing, Police, and Fire. The City of Webster Groves has many hard-working department heads and staff who provide everything from housing inspections to water service.
Shrewsbury maintains a Mayor/Board of Aldermen form of government with a City Administrator. Shrewsbury has approximately 60 employees and five departments: Administration, Parks and Recreation, Police, Fire, and Public Works.
Rock Hill also maintains a Mayor/Alderperson form of government with a City Administrator. The City of Rock Hill has 41 employees and five departments: Administration, Public Works, Parks, Fire, and a Police Department renowned locally for its Community Oriented Policing Program.
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