Kendall Elementary School

Indian Prairie School District 204

About Our School

Oliver Julian Kendall was born in Naperville, Illinois on December 30, 1888. His father, Francis Austin Kendall, distinguished himself as President of Naperville Combined School District 78 and as Mayor of Naperville. Judd's (as friends called him) mother, Linnie May Kendall, was a granddaughter of one of Naperville's pioneer families.

Oliver Julian Kendall attended Ellsworth Elementary and High School in Naperville, graduating in 1907. He then attended what is now North Central College. At the outbreak of World War I, Kendall entered into the army on June 14, 1917. He soon received his commission as a second lieutenant and then as a first lieutenant. Lt. Kendall served overseas in France.

On the evening of May 24th and early morning hours of the 25th, Lt. Kendall led a fifty man infantry work party in forward trench areas. Enemy fire scattered the troops in the trenches. Lt. Kendall went forward to reconnoiter and was never seen again.

It was later determined that Lt. Kendall was taken prisoner by a German raiding party. His enemies took him behind the German lines where he suffered a torturous death.

Lt. Kendall was fully aware of what days later would be the first American offensive of the war, an attack on the village of Cantigny. Kendall refused to talk to those who had taken him prisoner.

Kendall had no children and his two brothers and three sisters are deceased. Kendall is buried in France.

Oliver Julian Kendall was an American hero. It has been written that his refusal to divulge information was "the most vital single incident of the entire war." He is honored by the Naperville VFW that bears his name, the Naperville Judd Kendall Memorial Way, and the Oliver Julian Kendall Elementary School.

Each child is special and deserves to be safe and happy at school and to learn all that is possible. The five guidelines listed below will help everyone to be successful.

Guideline One: Be Responsible.

All through your life you must decide how you will act. Therefore, we expect you to do what is right whether anyone is watching you or not. This is called "being responsible". It isn’t always easy to make responsible choices, especially if someone else is not being responsible. It is important for you to remember that you are in charge of yourself. You can do what is right!

Guideline Two: Always Try.

The best way to learn something new is to practice until you can do it. If you are unwilling to try, you cannot practice. When you first try to do something it is often difficult, but if you keep trying, it gets easier and easier.

Guideline Three: Do Your Best.

When you do a job or an assignment, do your very best. While you are working on something, ask yourself, "Is this the best I can do?" If you give a job your best, you learn more and feel more responsible than if you just slide through the job. If you make mistakes but did your best, your teacher can help you learn from your mistakes.

Guideline Four: Cooperate with Others.

Cooperation includes being polite, treating people with respect, accepting differences between people, dealing with disagreements responsibly, and encouraging others to do their best.

Guideline Five: Treat Everyone with Dignity and Respect.

Everyone must know that our school is a safe, happy, and supportive place to be. Any behavior that could hurt someone else will not be allowed. Examples of respecting property include caring for our school, play equipment, restrooms, personal property of classmates and staff, and returning lost items to the lost and found.


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Contact Us

Principal: Lena Guerrieri

2408 Meadow Lake Drive (map)
Naperville, IL 60564

Phone: 630.428.7100
Fax: 630.428.7101
Attendance: 630.428.7100 x3

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