Bernhard Moos was born in 1843 in Buchau. Buchau is a town in southwest Germany. There he trained as a bookkeeper. Bernhard Moos was of the Jewish faith. Most of the Jewish people in Buchau were shopkeepers and tradesmen.
Bernhard Moos was very interested in learning. Chicago did not have a library then. Bernhard Moos volunteered as the part-time librarian at the Young Men’s Association. It was in the Metropolitan Building.
In 1887 Bernhard Moos was appointed to the library board of directors. He was in charge of new library’s construction for eight years. When there were problems, he solved them. He helped all the workers. He made sure that no one stole money. You can see the library still today. It is now the Chicago Cultural Center on Washington Street. When you go, you will see 2 large plaques near the entrance. On each you will see Bernhard Moos’ name.
The Chicago Board of Education named a school in honor of Bernhard Moos. The board referred to him as a faithful, upright and valuable citizen.
The Bernhard Moos Elementary School at 1711 North California Avenue is named after an immigrant who knew the importance of books and learning. Each student has the obligation to live up to that tradition.
The Moos Elementary building has a historical significance in architecture. We were the first building to be build with boys and girls bathrooms on every floor. Soon, other CPS buildings followed suit. To read more interesting facts about our great building, please check out: https://chicagohistoricschools.wordpress.com/2013/04/09/bernhard-moos-school/
Moos Elementary School 1711 N. California Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 Phone: (773) 534-4340 Fax: (773) 534-4778