Jefferson Elementary School District

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Jefferson Elementary School District is a K-8 school district headquartered in Daly City, San Mateo County, California, and serving Daly City, Colma, Broadmoor, and part of Pacifica. The district was established in 1866[1] and, as of 2006, has some 350 teachers serving more than 6,700 students. The district has ten elementary schools and four intermediate/middle schools;[2] high schools in the area are overseen by the Jefferson Union High School District.


Before the district's inception, parents in Daly City had to send their children to schools in the San Francisco region. The first school was in the present day Colma area and was a one-room building constructed in 1856.[1] In the following year a new school (named Jefferson School) was constructed on land donated by Peter Dunks. The school district was established in 1866 and named Jefferson School District.[1] Woodrow Wilson Elementary School was founded in 1917 and rebuilt eighteen years later. Colma Primary and Colma Intermediate Schools were established in 1951, followed by Westlake School in 1952 and Benjamin Franklin in the subsequent year. By the end of the decade, three new schools, Olympia (1955), Vista Mar, and Vista Grande (both 1958), had been opened. The 1960s witnessed the establishment of schools named in honor of Christopher Columbus, General John J. Pershing, Thomas Edison, Daniel Webster, the former US Presidents John F. Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln, and Franklin D. Roosevelt, Fernando Rivera and M. Pauline Brown. By 1972, the district had 21 schools under its supervision enrolling a total of 9,373 pupils and with a cumulative faculty of 462 teachers. Vista Grande school was demolished later.[3] Critic Allan Temko wrote in the Architectural Forum that "These schools appear with sudden brilliance: ... carefully suited, thoughtfully planned".[3]

In 2011, Matteo Rizzo retired from the post of superintendent.[4] General Pershing School, built in 1917, was remodeled in 1960.[5] Ben Franklin Junior High School was constructed in Broadmoor on land that had been intended for a street.[6] William J. Savage served as superintendent of the district from 1918 to 1931. Prior to this appointment, he was principal of Jefferson School.[7]


Superintendent Tenure
William J. Savage 1918–1931[7]
Richard Crane 1931–1949[7]
James Snell 1949–1951[7]
Henry S. Weibel 1951–1959[7]
Richard Foster 1959–1965[7]
Frank L. Greenwood 1965–1973[7]

Intermediate schools[edit]

  • Benjamin Franklin Intermediate[2]
  • Fernando Rivera Middle[2]
  • Thomas R. Pollicita Intermediate[2]
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt Middle[2]

Elementary schools[edit]

  • Daniel Webster Elementary[2]
  • Garden Village Elementary[2]
  • George Washington Elementary[2]
  • John F. Kennedy Elementary[2]
  • M. Pauline Brown Elementary[2]
  • Marjorie H. Tobias Elementary[2]
  • Susan B. Anthony Elementary[2]
  • Thomas Edison Elementary[2]
  • Westlake Elementary[2]
  • Woodrow Wilson Elementary[2]


  1. ^ a b c Chandler 1973, p. 29.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "List of Schools and Contacts". Jefferson Elementary School District. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  3. ^ a b Chandler 1973, p. 30.
  4. ^ Congressional Record. Government Printing Office. p. 8624. GGKEY:T25X4399JQD.
  5. ^ Gillespie & Crimmen 2011, p. 77.
  6. ^ Crimmen, Dave (2010). Broadmoor Village. Arcadia Publishing. p. 183. ISBN 978-1-4396-2513-2.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g Chandler 1973, p. 31.


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