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Horace Mann History

Horace Mann Elementary building exterior

Horace Mann Elementary building exterior

Horace Mann School has a long and happy history. The school was dedicated on December 1, 1954. Edwin C. Randall was the president of the board of education and Dr. T.O. Smith was the superintendent of schools. The first principal was Glenn Thomas. There were nine teachers that first year, a custodian, and two lunchroom staff. Since that beginning, many students, faculty, and staff have graced the halls of Horace Mann.

The following have been principals: Glenn Thomas (1954 - 1973), Norman Skancky (1973 - 1976), Paul Martin (1976 - 1984) ,Margo Shaw (1984 - 1987), Ladd Chase (1987 - 1992), MaryAnn Holmes (1992 - 1999), Jeanne Clifton (1999 - 2005), Katherine Montgomery (2005 - 2007), Linda Brown (2007 - 2009), Ross Lunceford (2009 - 2014), Jileen Xochimitl (2014 - 2019), Maridee Harrison (2019-present).

Horace Mann Elementary has only had four head secretaries through all of these years, and most have lived very close to the school. They are as follows: Enid Poorte (1955 - 1986), Janet Price (1986 - 1989), Suzanne Durrant (1990 - 2010), Kelly Smith (2010 - present)

The original building had only two main hallways with classrooms. Later, an addition was constructed which added another hallway of classrooms and a gymnasium. Since that time, four portable classrooms have been added. The school can now accommodate around 500 students.

Horace Mann has always been a community school. The community has been generous in supporting the school and its programs, projects, and most importantly students. The school has had a strong PTA throughout the years which has assisted the school in everything from a climbing wall in the gym to books for the students. They have also made sure that the arts have been included in the education of all students.

Horace Mann has been, and continues to be, a school where learning is forefront. The students at the school have had high achievement scholastically in all areas. In 2015 the school was named a REWARDS school for the state of Utah, and then given the designation of National Title I Distinguished School for academic achievement. We were the only elementary school in the state to receive that designation for that year. We have a strong emphasis in science and technology and have had a Lego League and Science Fairs throughout the years. Our students have been known to light a rocket or two during the last few days of school!

The thing that has remained constant throughout the history of Horace Mann is the quality of educators that teach the students. The faculty throughout the years has been stellar. Students come back year after year to see the special teachers that touched their lives. It is an amazing place to work and many of the teachers stay here for many years, if not their entire career. And because of that continuity, we have children and even grandchildren of former students that attend school here.

Horace Mann Elementary, a proud heritage, a promising future!


Horace Mann Elementary

Horace Mann Vision

Horace Mann Elementary will become a school where learning is so engaging that students, staff, and parents are beating down the doors to get in.

Horace Mann Anthem

By: Brett Bullough

We love our elementary school,

It is known throughout the state.

Here the faculty and students,

Think that learning’s really great.

Horace Mann (clap, clap)

Horace Mann (clap, clap)

Where our challenges are met with smiles.

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Horace Mann (clap, clap)

For our school we’d go the extra mile.

For us the Falcons flying will ever bring us fame.

And we as loyal patrons, will strive to do the same.

Horace Mann (clap, clap)

Horace Mann (clap, clap)

Where our lifetime friendships have their start.

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Horace Mann (clap, clap)

To our dear old school we pledge our heart.