Boise has its share of historic elementary schools: Washington was built in 1911, Longfellow in 1906 and Collister in 1912, and there are others.
Lowell, built in 1913 in Boise's North End, is an iconic example of a thriving Boise neighborhood school. As the city marks its sesquicentennial, the leopards of Lowell are celebrating their centennial.
Here are some cool facts about Lowell's first century:
- The school was named for Harvard graduate James Russell Lowell. He was a romantic poet, critic, editor and diplomat. He held anti-slavery views. His writings inspired Mark Twain.
- In the early days, Sand Creek ran along the edge of the playground. This meant muddy kids and an occasionally flooded school basement.
- In 1944, eight fathers made 10 tables at a cost of $40 for the lunchroom, which doubled as the school gym. Before this, the school borrowed lunch tables from Hotel Boise.
- Hamburger Corner, a neighborhood malt shop across 28th Street, was popular among kids in the late 1950s.
- In 1977, crews planted a special pine tree on the Lowell playground. The Moon Tree grew from seeds that astronauts had taken to the moon and back. Just three moon trees were planted in Idaho.
- "Lowell Legacy": The school invites the community to help celebrate its 100th birthday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Enjoy presentations, check out the kindergartners' "When I am 100 book," see a school timeline created by the second-grade classes, and get a "1900s vintage" photo taken in the school gym.
1507 N. 28th St.
Anna Webb: 377-6431