Ding Dong School

by Michael RichComment — Updated August 3, 2023

12/22/1952 – 12/28/1956
Syndicated, NBC
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.

Ding Dong School - Miss Francis
Dr. Frances Horwich
aka Miss Frances

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