12/22/1952 – 12/28/1956
Black and White
Ding Dong School Cast
Dr. Frances Horwich aka Miss Frances
Ding Dong School Tidbits
Seen Monday through Friday, the Ding Dong School was one of the first educational shows for kids. It pioneered the style later used by Mr. Rogers and others. Our “teacher” was Dr. Frances Horwich, who was head of the Education Department at Roosevelt College in Chicago. But we knew her as “Miss Francis.”
The opening sequence was a hand ringing a bell. This prompted producer Reinald Werrenrath’s three year old daughter to give the show it’s name!
Dr. Frances Horwich died in 2001 of congestive heart failure.
Dr. Frances Horwich
aka Miss Frances