Hannah Beardsley Middle School
515 E. Crystal Lake Ave.
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Attendance Line: 815.788.5758
Click here for contact information for building leadership and office staff.
Hannah Beardsley Middle School is the home of the Beardsley Bears! You will see us full of spirit and pride in our school colors of orange and blue! Hannah Beardsley Middle School is a dynamic school with over 1100 enthusiastic students and over 100 caring and supportive adults.
The first school was constructed in 1838 in Crystal Lake. It was a 200 square foot log structure with a wood shake roof and split log desks. Located on the corner of McHenry and Virginia streets, the school housed students of various ages who were often able to see deer grazing outside their schoolhouse windows.
The first teacher in this school was Hannah Beardsley, who had moved from Naperville with her family in the 1830s.
The Beardsleys and their friends built that log schoolhouse where Hannah taught until 1840 when she married Franklin Wallace. Unfortunately, Franklin died at an early age five years later.
Hannah then married Franklin’s brother, Columbus. She died in June 1894. Years later her children donated some of their property to the newly formed Crystal Lake High School District. Central High School now stands on that site.
Hannah Beardsley Middle School, which opened in the fall of 1996, was so named not only to honor Crystal Lake’s first teacher, but also to honor all Crystal Lake teachers since that time. A portrait of Hannah painted by local artist Don Johnson now hangs outside the media center as a reminder of the important role teachers have played in maintaining the fine educational tradition of Crystal Lake that began in 1838 when the first schoolhouse was built.
When Beardsley Middle School opened in 1996, there were 774 students. Four years later an addition was built on the upper floor. Seven classrooms, an expanded tech lab and an office were part of that expansion. Today more than 1100 students attend Hannah Beardsley daily. In addition to our core curriculum areas, we offer a nationally recognized Spanish Dual Language program that promotes biliteracy, an innovative STEM curriculum, 5 ENCORE offerings, 3 bands, and athletics and clubs to meet all of our students' interests, and so much more!
The HBMS community provides opportunities to prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s challenges.