Grissom ES (formerly Hill School) History

Opened: 1967
Closed: 1991

This school was originally the Hill School and was located at the corner of Mitchell and Dyess Highways. The school opened for the 1967-68 school year. The Hill School was renamed the V.I. Grissom Elementary School after one of the first astronauts who was killed in a space accident. The first year the school had students in grades three and four. In the fall of 1969, due to a base enrollment of nearly 8000 students, double sessions were in effect for grades 4-12. Grissom housed 1600 students in grades four and five this year and a small section of sixth grade. Team teaching was expanded to include grades four through six in the same non-graded team, although self-contained and departmentalized classes were also available. In September 1972, two modulux-type buildings were added to Grissom’s campus. This was the year double sessions were dropped and Grissom adopted a one-session schedule for its population of grades three, four and special education.

February 14, 1973 was an eventful and historic day at Grissom Elementary School as some of the newly released POWs from Vietnam would visit the school. This was the first of many visits by returnees from Vietnam during Operation Homecoming.

In 1980, the Clark schools were reorganized. Grissom school now served students in kindergarten through grade four.

In 1991, the school closed.

Information from DoDDS-Pacific Region 1946-1986

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