Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary opened its doors in March 1971 with 430 students. The focal point of the building was the unusually large and centrally located media center.
Other historic moments:
1988 — The Small Children Need Big Friends program begins in partnership with the Downtown Rotary to benefit at-risk students.
2000 — King receives the Title I Distinguished School Award and is one of only four schools in the state and 158 schools in the nation to receive the award. Co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Association of State Coordinators of Compensatory Education, the award is given to schools with a high poverty index whose students have achieved sustained academic growth.
September 2003 — One of a Kind Drumline program begins with seven students at King.
2009 — The Family-Community Resource Center opens.
January 2016 — King is the recipient of a $2,000 mini-grant from the School Superintendents Association and National Joint Powers Alliance’s Helping Kids Program. The grant funds a pilot preschool program called King Early Explorers.
June 2019 – Groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction of the new King Elementary School.
August 2020 – The new Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School is complete. Thanks to a bond measure that voters approved in February 2017.