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Grant Elementary School is a public school in Columbia for students in kindergarten to fifth grade. Located at 10 E. Broadway, it is the oldest existing school building still in use in the city and serves 323 students. The school also houses the Eco Schoolhouse, a green classroom built after a trailer classroom fire in 2008.
Principal: Kristin Matthews
Assistant principal: Jennifer Wingert
Colors: Royal blue and gold
Start time: 8:50 a.m.
Dismissal time: 3:45 p.m.
Address: 10 E. Broadway, Columbia
U.S. Grant Elementary School, commonly called Grant, is housed in one of the oldest continuously used school buildings in the district. The school was formed in 1910 and the building opened in January 1911 with classes in first through sixth grades.
“At that time there were only six teachers and the 6th grade teacher was the principal. There was no lunch room and the library was in the hall,” said Davis Mountjoy, who went to Grant in the 1930s. Davis also said that the playground was much bigger. “There were two ball fields, one for the girls and one for the boys. There were swings, seesaws, sandboxes and hopscotch. The lunch options were to bring your lunch or go home to eat lunch.”
A school gymnasium was added in 1952. The kindergarten K-1 hallway was added in 1960.
The new building opened to students in 2008, and energy conservation and environmental lessons were incorporated into school curriculum.
In the 2010-2011 school year, Grant is marking its centennial with several activities and a website, grant100.com.
Links and sources
School report card data from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website
Chief says fire at Grant Elementary School set intentionally, from January 2008
Updated: Feb. 5, 2012