WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY (Washington County, Utah)
EAST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
St. George, Utah
LOCATION453 South 600 East
St. George, UT 84770
Between 600 East and 700 East and between 400 South and 500 South.
HISTORYUntil June 1955, all elementary grade students in St. George attended the St. George Elementary School (aka "Old Elementary"). The kindergarten classes were held in the Cannon home on the corner of 200 West and Tabernacle, where the district offices are now located. But it became obvious the school needed to be split into two schools.
The new East Elementary School was designed by architect, L. Robert Gardner of Gardner Partnership Architects (Project Number 56-002), in 1956.
The split was made in 1955. Dividing the staff to create the new schools was a challenge. No one wanted to separate. But all were excited about having a new building. East Elementary School opened in the fall of 1955.
East Elementary School is still in operation. But there are plans to build a new East Elementary School on the site of the old Elks Ball Field. To that end, the Washington County School District signed a contract in May of 2015 to purchase the 5.2 acre ball field for just under $400,000. The old East Elementary School building and site will be sold to Dixie State University for its expansion.
WCHS-00526 Front (west side) of East Elementary School
Other WCHS photos:
WCHS-00527 Photo of the front of East Elementary School
WCHS-00528 Photo of the front and south sides of East Elementary School
WCHS-00529 Photo of the south side of East Elementary School
WCHS-00530 Photo of the southeast corner of East Elementary School
WCHS-00531 Photo of the swings and basketball courts in the southeast corner of East Elementary School
WCHS-00532 Photo of swings and sign on the east sideof East Elementary School
WCHS-00533 Photo of the East Elementary school sign on 700 East
WCHS-00534 Photo of the northeast corner of East Elementary School
WCHS-00535 Photo of the north playground at East Elementary School
WCHS-00536 Photo of the north entrance at East Elementary School
WCHS-00537 Photo of the north side of East Elementary School
WCHS-00538 Photo of the north playground at East Elementary School
WCHS-00539 Photo of the back of the garage at East Elementary School
WCHS-00540 Photo of the front of the garage at East Elementary School
WCHS-01462 Photo of the front door of the East Elementary School
REFERENCESBack to School at East Elementary
by Lyman Hafen
St. George Magazine, March 2014, pp. 32-33
Let the bell ring: Game chimes in East Elementary memories
by Lyman Hafen
St. George Magazine, July 2014, pp. 34-35
DSU to turn East Elementary into entrepreneurial center
by Kevin Jenkins
The Spectrum, January 12, 2017
by Robert Gardner, A.I.A.
from Ray Gardner, A.I.A. of the Gardner Partnership Architects (GPA)
Side views (elevations)
Top view (plan)