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We Believe

 At Granger Middle School...

We Believe in Making Informed Decisions

We are committed to

  • making decisions that support individual student growth
  • making systematic decisions that benefit the well-being of the child
  • continual improvements through reflection


We Believe in Collaboration

We are committed to

  • Making collaboration a priority to meet students' needs
  • having all voices valued
  • ongoing home, school, and community collaboration


We Believe in Student Learning


We are committed to

  • building positive relationships with students by creating a safe environment that encourages academic risk-taking
  • maintaining an environment of high expectations for students and staff
  • engaging the whole student through differentiated experiences


About Francis Granger

Francis Granger was a resident of DuPage County for more than seventy years.  He was born in New York City in 1839, and accompanied his parents, who were farmers, to Illinois when about one year old.  They located in DuPage County on a farm just south of the original Granger Middle School.  He lived on the farm until 1893 when he moved to the City of Naperville.  He was successful in his agricultural operations and was prominent in local affairs, serving one term as County Supervisor, thirty years as School Trustee, three years as Mayor of the City of Naperville, 1911-1913, President of the Naperville West Side School Board for seven years, one term as Highway Commissioner and one year as Alderman.  He was also instrumental in the founding of the Naperville Y.M.C.A. and was a member of the Congregational Church, where he served as deacon for twenty-three years and ten years as Treasurer.

In 1891, Mr. Granger helped organize the First National Bank of Naperville, and served as director for two years.  In January 1893, he became cashier, holding the position until January 1910, when he was elected vice president.  In September 1910, he became president of the bank and served in that capacity until his death in 1922.  Mr. Granger was also director and treasurer of the J. L. Nichols Publishing Company of Naperville.

Mr. Granger was married in 1865 to Miss Vienna Wright.  They had a daughter, Mrs. A. C. Unger of Aurora. 

Grandparents: Joseph Granger 1781-1870
  Sarah Granger 1781-1862
Parents: John Granger 1806-1852
  Emily Granger 1811-1852
  Francis Granger 1839-1922
  Vienna Granger 1844-1927

In tribute to her husband, Mrs. Granger placed these words on his grave:

A Christian Man who understood life and loved it:
of a golden temper and steadfast as an anchor.
A business man, a citizen, a friend,
Just doing right - not striving to be great or
wise or rich or seeking noble fate;
Just being good and generous and brave.
Just trying how humanity to save.

We can offer no finer tribute to a great man than to enrich, develop, and appreciate the school he founded; and strive to evidence our educational blessings by good citizenship.


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