Say Farewell Friedell Middle School!

Two years ago the Rochester Public School Board voted to repurpose Friedell Middle School at the end of the 2021-2022 school year and, believe it or not, that time is here.


Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - One more academic year. That’s the future now facing Friedell Middle School after the Rochester School Board Tuesday approved a recommendation to close the site...Keeping the school open would have cost the district an extra $1.4-million per year.

Current plans call for repurposing the building for the Rochester Academy for Independent Living and school gymnastics. Read More: Rochester School Board Votes To Close Friedell Middle School 

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Levi Lundak, the Friedell Middle School Principal, announced a celebration event for prior and current students, family, and staff. Wednesday evening, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, the free event will include food trucks, entertainment, handprint and selfie stations, and more (I always hope the "more" will be an impromptu Lady Gaga concert or flying never is, but I can keep hoping).


The parking lot isn't huge, and Friedell staff ask that the space be reserved for those with mobility issues. Everyone else, please park south of Denny's in the park-and-ride lots.

Rochester Minnesota's Farewell Friedell Details

What: Farewell Friedell
When: 5 - 8 PM Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Where: Friedell Middle School, 1200 Broadway Avenue South, Rochester, MN 55901
Featuring: Here's what to look for...

  • Reunion Rooms - Dedicated classrooms to reconnect with peers, browse
    photographs, and remember their time at Friedell
  • Handprint Station - Make and take your own handprint - Leave your mark on the
    world, just as you have left your mark on Friedell
  • Entertainment - Friedell karaoke and performances by Friedell Middle School
  • Selfie Station
Rochester Public Schools, located in Rochester, Minnesota, has the seventh-largest enrollment in Minnesota and covers a large part of Olmsted County and extends into Wabasha County. The district’s pre-kindergarten through grade 12 program serves approximately 17,700 students in sixteen elementary schools, four middle schools, and three comprehensive high schools. The district also offers various alternative schools and six district-wide programs. Rochester Public Schools' educational program is designed to reach all students.

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