About Us

  • Gary D. Jewel served as the superintendent of the West Aurora Schools from 1979 to 1993.
  • He began his career in 1961 as a teacher of Civics and English at Benjamin Franklin Junior High School in Aurora.
  • In 1965, he was appointed principal of Washington Junior High School.
  • Shortly after he took office as superintendent, the worldwide oil crisis and the dramatic increase in inflation and interest rates had a devastating effect upon the district.
  • Under Jewel’s leadership, there were no layoffs of tenured teachers nor was there any organized discontent among staff during these turbulent years.
  • Jewel resolved to keep the problems he and the board of education faced away from the classroom. 
  • Also during his tenure, the North Campus was sold to the State of Illinois for the new Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy.


Gary D. Jewel

gary d. jewel

Superintendent (1979-1993)

Jewel Building

Jewel Middle School
Constructed 1998
1501 Waterford Rd, North Aurora, IL 60542