Richland 1's Logan Elementary marks 100 years

brantin@thestate.comSeptember 27, 2013 

Head anchor, Kristjan Scott, 10 refers to her severe weather description while writing her script for her broadcast. Kimberly Jamison's fourth grade class has been studying severe weather systems all week. The students work in groups to prepare a weather report broadcast to be taped the following day. Each student is responsible for one of a variety of jobs including, meteorologist, head anchor person, special affects and set design. Logan Elementary is celebrating its 100th anniversary.


— Logan Elementary School is celebrating 100 years of learning.

The Richland 1 school will launch a year-long celebration of its centennial with a gala from 7-10 p.m., Friday at 701 Whaley.

“Students need to understand that all the things we have and do today are based on things that happened in the past,” Logan Elementary principal Richard Moore said. “This gives them a sense of ownership in the future.”

According to the district, around 1904 school founder Charles Logan secured 4 acres of land and $40,000 to build a school. The school was to be named the Logan School or Logan High School and the land and money would be available upon the death of his wife for the school.

His wife released her claim to the lot in 1912 and Columbia City Council assumed responsibility for $40,000 in addition to the $40,000 donated by the Logan family to make the school possible.

The cornerstone for the school was laid on June 23, 1913, and classes began in December that year.

Today, the school is known, among other things, for its strong music program, including its award-winning Steel Drum Band and choruses, as well as dance ensembles.

Moore said it’s important that students understand the legacy of their school.

“If they learn how the past has affected them, they can more readily understand that they can help shape who they will become and what the world will be like,” he said.

As part of that learning, the school’s third-grade classes put together a multimedia presentation on Logan’s history that included information about the architecture of the building. The video premiered during the school’s Family night activities.

“In addition to the video, we had a presentation from the architectural firm that renovated the building and the school chorus shared a musical number from 1913,” Moore explained.

Friday night’s gala will include a silent auction, heavy hors d’oeuvres and music. A centennial party in December and several smaller events are planned throughout the year, including the traditional Holiday on Elmwood performance in December and the Logan Elementary Music Festival that will pay tribute to the school’s 100th birthday.

“To me, that will be the most exciting because all the students at the school will be involved in a celebration,” Moore said. “I am also looking forward to filling a time capsule with writings, school items and pictures (to be opened by future students).”

The school will be raising money to restore the portraits of Charles Logan and his wife that hang in front hall of the school, which is in the Elmwood neighborhood.

“I would hope that the Logan Leopards of the future would look back and say that not only did we honor the past, we were responsive to the present and we helped pave the way for the future, by putting the developmental needs of the whole child first,” Moore said.

If you go

Logan Elementary will celebrate its 100th anniversary with a gala from 7-10 p.m., Friday at 701 Whaley.

Tickets are $40 per person, $60 per couple. All donations above the ticket price are tax-deductible.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Shelia Washington at (803) 343-2915.


Reach Rantin at (803) 771-8306.

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