Harry Truman was president in 1949, South Pacific opened on Broadway that year, and up on Center Street a little school opened called C.E. Mason Elementary. Looking at an old photo of the place it’s hard to believe the growth that has filled in the green spaces around campus. Beaverton in the 1940s was a much different place than it is today, and while highways have rolled out alongside C.E. Mason, houses have grown where fields used to be, and the landscape looks completely different, the school at the heart of it all is still here, beating with the steady rhythm of students arriving to learn.
This year is a big one in the history of our school, with a major renewal of campus set to begin in the summer of 2019. Before this major construction, it seems right to pause and look back over the years and the people who have called our school home since it opened in 1949.
Honoring the rich history of the school, over the months ahead I will do my best to celebrate some of the stories of C.E. Mason Elementary and its transformation into the vibrant Arts & Communication Magnet Academy it is today. Ours is a school with deep history, interesting characters, and more than a few tales that will have your shaking your head in wonder.
That said, I’m a principal, not a historian, so I hope folks will be patient as I try to capture a slice of history from the past seventy years, knowing my focus is always on helping support my students today. Those students benefit, in my opinion, from knowing that they are a part of something greater, new chapters in a grand story. The snippets I share won’t be all of that story, but glimpses from the decades students have been filing in through our front doors.
I’ll do my best to post something every week from now until spring, and over the course of the school year will try to provide a sense of the grand scope of our little school. Whatever your connection with our school, I hope that you’ll find in these scribblings some familiar memories, a few surprises, and an appreciation for just how much we are all alike whether we were here in the 1950s, 1980s, 2000s, or today.
If you have a story to tell or the name of someone I ought to talk with, please share those with me at firstname.lastname@example.org . I’m excited to share the stories that make up our history.