How Fontana Schools Got Their Names
The District is currently building and designing a large
number of new schools, which will be opening within the next 1 to 5 years.
During the planning stages, new schools are identified by number and then
given an official name at an appropriate time. Many of the elementary and
middle schools in Fontana have been named by a historic practice of using
geographic area - the street or
nearby cross street on which the school is located, an area of the city, or
after the city itself. However, in some cases it
is not possible to use street names for schools either because the street name
has already been used or because it would not be an appropriate school name.
More recently, schools have been named in honor of persons who have
contributed greatly to the Fontana community and/or the nation as a whole.
In 2004, the FUSD Board of Education adopted a policy to
guide the district in naming schools and other facilities. This policy
includes the formation of an advisory committee to recommend school names.
The committee is comprised of representatives from PTA, Fontana Teachers
Association, United Steelworkers of America, Fontana Management Association,
and Fontana Organization of Retired School Employees, as well as two members
representing the community at large.
Here are how some of FUSD's schools got their
FUSD School Named After Streets:
Beech Avenue Elementary
Canyon Crest Elementary
Live Oak Elementary
North Tamarind Elementary
Oak Park Elementary
|Randall Pepper Elementary
Shadow Hills Elementary
South Tamarind Elementary
West Randall Elementary
FUSD Schools Named After the City or an Area Within the City:
|Jurupa Hills Middle
Jurupa Hills High
|Sierra Lakes Elementary
FUSD Schools Named After Distinguished Citizens:
Azariel Blanchard Miller (1878-1941) is credited as the founder of the city of
Fontana. In 1905, he brought 200 head of horse, mules, plows,
scrapers and tents into the area and began transforming 17,000 acres of sand,
sage brush and rock into a great citrus fruit, poultry and live stock
Dorothy Grant worked for the Fontana Unified School District for over 26
years, both in the cafeteria at Alder Jr. High School and later as the
matron for the Girls' PE Department at Fontana High School. She has
been a committed community activist, helping to establish the North
Fontana Head Start Center, the Senior Noon Meal Program, and the County Food Giveaway Program
for low income families and seniors at the Jessie Turner Center.
Read more about Ms. Grant.
Eric Birch (1923-1980) was Fontana High School's first science teacher
back when it was still part of Chaffey Union School District. His
classes were held on a school bus until the buildings were completed. At Fohi, he served as
Department Chairman, Counselor, Assistant Principal, and Principal, as
Principal of Fontana Adult School. Mr. Birch became
Superintendent in 1972 and served in that capacity until his death in
1980. During his tenure as Superintendent, he saw the completion of
the "Data Processing Wing" at the District Office and Virginia Primrose
School for the Severely Handicapped.
Read more about Mr. Birch in an excerpt of "History of Fontana - A Resource Guide for
Teachers" published in 1979.
Harry S Truman
Harry S Truman (1884-1972) was the 33rd President of the United States.
He served as Vice President for only 82 days when President Franklin D.
As President, Truman
made some of the most crucial decisions in history.
During his first two
months in office, he oversaw the ending of the war in Europe.
Soon after V-E Day, the
war against Japan had reached its final stage and he ordered atomic bombs
dropped on cities devoted to war work, including Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Japanese surrender quickly followed.
This first year of
Truman's presidency also saw the founding of the United Nations and the
development of an increasingly strained and confrontational relationship
with the Soviet Union.
Read more about Mr. Truman.
Kaiser High School
Henry John Kaiser (1882-1967) was an American
industrialist who became known as the father of modern American
shipbuilding. He is best known for constructing the Hoover Dam and
Grand Coulee Dam. He built the Kaiser Steel Mill in Fontana during
World War II and it was the main source of income for the city's residents
until the mill's closure in the early 1980s. Henry Kaiser is also
noted for advancing medicine with the development and construction of
several hospitals, medical centers and medical schools.
Read more about Mr. Kaiser.
Kathy Binks has been an influential proponent of education in Fontana for
the past four decades. She has served on the FUSD Board of Education
for the past 20 years. A long-time supporter of the PTA in Fontana,
she has served with the organization at North Tamarind, Juniper and Tokay
Elementary Schools and Alder Middle School. For the past 39 years,
Kathy and her husband, Dean, have operated an Ettie Lee Home, helping
hundreds of boys.
Read more about Mrs. Binks in an article from the Fontana Herald News.
Ted J. Porter
Ted J. Porter (1897-1994) was Fontana's first Mayor.
He began his many years of service to the city of Fontana first as a City
Council Member in 1958 and then when he was appointed Mayor by the City
Council in 1964. In 1970, he was elected Mayor in the city's first
Read more about Mr. Porter in an article from the Fontana Herald News.
Virginia Primrose (1912-1983) was the first teacher at Slover Point II,
Fontana's school for severely handicapped students, and went on to become
its Vice Principal and Principal. Under her leadership, the school
began a team teaching program and included vocational training, arts and
crafts, sensory-motor training, music, dance and functional academics in
the curriculum. She helped start the Fontana Rehabilitation Workshop
to assist students would have employment after graduation. She also
began one of the first camps for special education students. Just
before her retirement in 1972, the district named the new school facility
for severely handicapped students in her honor.
Dr. D. Wayne Ruble recently completed his fifth term as a member of FUSD's Board of Education. He was a special education teacher and
administrator for 27 years before his retirement from the district. The Board of Education voted to name the school
after Dr. Ruble to honor his four decades of service to the students, school
employees and the community of Fontana.
Read more about Dr. Ruble.