McKinley School, the First Ward school, was completed in 1900. It was located on Third Avenue North between Fourth and Fifth Streets. In 1909, the school four teachers providing grades 1-6.
In time the school found itself surrounded by businesses and the school was closed and later razed. The American Legion Hall was erected on the site.
There is a McKinley elementary school today at 2930 North 8th Street but it is a different school.