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The city of Webster Groves, Missouri is a suburb of St. Louis, about two miles to the northeast. Surrounding communities include Brentwood, Glendale, Oakland, Maplewood, Marlborough, Rock Hill, Shrewsbury, and Warson Woods. The area upon which Webster Groves was founded was known to fur trappers as Dry Ridge until 1802, when Grégoire Sarpy was granted six thousand acres by the Spanish government, and the area began to be settled. When the Pacific Railroad was built through the area, Webster Groves became a natural suburb of the already established city of St. Louis. The first public school in Webster Groves was Douglass Elementary School, a school for African-American children following the Civil War, which became Douglass High School in the 1920s, the only high school in the county for black students until 1956, when desegregation was required. Webster Groves is made up of five formerly separate communities along the railroad, including Webster, Old Orchard, Webster Park, Tuxedo Park, and Selma, which merged in 1896. Even today, Webster Groves is comprised of neighborhoods that have their own distinct flavor and identity.


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