COMO YOU KNOW: Grant Elementary School

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 | 10:10 a.m. CDT; updated 6:53 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 9, 2014

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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: Kris Matthews

Secretaries: Bonnie Caldwell and Stephony Stelzer

School nurse: Marla Johnson

Grade levels: kindergarten through fifth grade

Enrollment: 323

Colors: Royal blue and gold

Mascot: Generals

Hours: 8:50 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Address: 10 E. Broadway, Columbia, MO 65203

Phone: 214-3520

For more information, go to the Grant Elementary School website at

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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.

When fire damaged a portable classroom in 2007, the school rebuilt an environmentally conscious classroom, called the Eco Schoolhouse, as its replacement.

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,

Links and sources

Columbia Public Schools website

Grant Elementary School PTA website

Columbia Missourian Schools Guide

Grant Elementary celebrates centennial

Two Columbia teachers marry at Grant Elementary playground

Grant Elementary read-a-thon raises money for PTA

Teaching history as it happens at Grant Elementary

Locally-grown food served in Columbia public schools

Third graders explore Columbia's future

Tutor works with refugees at Grant

African refugee students at grant use language resources, struggle with assimilation

Grant Elementary breaks ground for new Eco Schoolhouse

Eco Schoolhouse wraps up amid hopes for broader change

Principal receives architecture award for Eco Schoolhouse

Eco Schoolhouse now open

Community contributions provide exceptional learning experiences, a column by principal Beverly Borduin

Final school year ends for Grant principal Beverly Borduin

Assistant principal gets acquainted with Grant Elementary

Grant Elementary centennial party celebrates old and new

Chief says fire at Grant Elementary School set intentionally, from January 2008.

Updated: March 20, 2013

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