Jackson Primary School to celebrate 25th anniversary

Jackson Primary School will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a commemoration during its open house from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25.

“We have a number of things planned for that evening that captures the spirit of the building as it is now while celebrating its history,” said Kay Fisher, one of the event organizers who has served as the school’s music teacher since its opening. “The event will look back at not only this building through the years but will also honor its predecessor.”

Anchored in the Newberry Street neighborhood, the school originally opened as Theodore Roosevelt Junior High School in 1920. It was converted to and renamed as Jackson Elementary School in 1952. In 1992, the aging school was deemed overcrowded and scheduled for demolition to accommodate the construction of the current building. In 1993, a new Jackson Elementary School opened as home of the “Jackson Eagles” for kindergarten through fifth-grade students. After two decades, a district-wide reconfiguration in 2013 re-named it as a primary school for kindergarten through third-grade students.

Principal Kirk Felix said the evening will take a retrospective look at the school’s opening year, showcasing aspects of the social, political and economic climate of its early 90s beginnings.

While the event itself is an invitation to the community, Felix said students also will take part in celebrating their school’s birthday with themed activities throughout that week.