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COMO YOU KNOW: Benton Elementary

Sunday, February 5, 2012 | 3:00 a.m. CST; updated 8:52 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 9, 2014

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Summary 

Benton Elementary School, named after Thomas Hart Benton, is one of Columbia's  public elementary schools.

Factbox

Address: 1410 Hinkson Ave.

Phone Number: 214-3610

Start time: 8:50 a.m.

Dismissal time: 3:45 p.m. 

Year opened: First opened in 1896; new building opened in 1927.

Principal: Troy Hogg

Full text

Thomas Hart Benton, the namesake for Benton Elementary, was a lawyer who served 30 years as a U.S. senator from Missouri. The first Benton School was in the original Littner building, at Hodge and Ripley streets, and was designed by William B. Littner of St. Louis in 1896. The building had only four rooms, but a new school was completed in 1927, and that is the current Benton Elementary School. A kindergarten room was added in 1957, and the office and library/media center were added in 1988 to the building on Hinkson Avenue.

Benton Elementary's mascot is the bees. On average, the ratio of student to teacher is 17 students to one classroom teacher.

Links and sources

Benton Elementary's official website

Benton's page on the school district website

Columbia Public Schools website

Demographic data from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Related articles from the Columbia Missourian:

Benton Elementary preps for math, science focus

Four Columbia elementary schools move classrooms outdoors

Columbia School District considers autonomous schools

Updated: Feb. 5, 2012


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