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Origin Story

The roots of the Pattonville R3 School District can be traced back to the 1800s when the first public school was established in what is now Bridgeton. The Pattonville School District officially came into being in 1930 when an April election changed the Fee Fee District No. 16 from a “rural” to a “town” school status. That year, the new district board dubbed the organization the “School District of Pattonville, St. Louis County.” The district’s name originates in 1876, when the government granted the Fee Fee community a post office and placed it in the Patton General Store (near the corner of Fee Fee and St. Charles Rock Road). John R. A. Patton was named the new postmaster. At the time, the name of the community was changed to Pattonville. In the 1950s, many public school districts in Missouri were reorganized a number of times, and Pattonville became known as the R-3 District. In 1958, Pattonville’s name was changed from Pattonville Consolidated School District R-3 to its current official name, the Pattonville R-3 School District, St. Louis County. Today, the Pattonville School District is a nationally recognized school district serving a richly diverse population of students in preschool through 12th grade.


A Pattonville bus from the 1950s when the district was known as the Pattonville Consolidated School District R-3.


History of Pattonville schools