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Fun Fact:
​Grant School is named after our 18th President of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant.   What does the “S” in Ulysses S. Grant’s name stand for?


The Answer:

The “S” in President Grant’s name

stands for nothing. In fact, the “S” was added in error when Grant was nominated to West Point and it stuck. His real name?  Hiram Ulysses Grant.

Grant Turns 100!


1914 was an important year in the history of the western culture. It was the year that the “War to End All Wars” began in central Europe, the year Henry Ford increased his workers’ wages from $2.40 to $5.00 a day, and the year Charlie Chaplain’s “Little Tramp” premiered. 1914 was also the year that Ulysses S. Grant School opens its doors!


The original school site included classrooms, an office, restrooms and an auditorium. The students played next door in an unused Protestant section of Calvary Cemetery as a playground. With Kate Sessions’ help, the first temporary wood structure was constructed to become the original kindergarten a few years later.


The following images, stories and newspaper articles provide a glimpse back in time of our great history!

1917 teachers with Principal Flora Price (center)

1914 - Ulysses S. Grant School opens its doors!

Halloween  Carnival 1946

It was 1946. Fathers had returned from the war, and, sadly, some hadn’t, but life and ritual continued at Grant School.  It was also Halloween,  October 31st to be exact, and the annual Halloween Carnival was  about to be launched. As described in the morning edition (yes, there was one  in the evening too) of The San Diego Union newspaper, the event promised to be something special.  Here is what the paper had to say:
“A costume parade, with prizes, plenty of noise makers, and special booths set up in 20 army tents on the grounds to Grant School are among attractions scheduled today when the Grant PTA entertains the entire school with a Halloween party."

“Dressed as clowns, pupils’ fathers will be barkers for carnival booths which are to house fortune-tellers,fish ponds, grab-bag games, and what probably will be a dampish but popular game – dousing lighted candles with small water guns.”
Seem familiar?  Just substitute face painting for the fortune teller, silly string for the pond, and it’s 2013! Isn’t it nice to know that we are a part of a school with solid traditions that will carry us another 100
Historical research by
Joellyn Zollman

Grant School Through the Last Century

1938 - Principal Valin (center)

Teachers Carroll and Edwards