150th Anniversary Celebration
One Hundred and Fifty Years!
The 2021-2022 School year marked the 150th year of dedicated service to our communities. Visit our Past, Present, and Future sections of this page to learn more about our sesquicentennial.
December – January
150 Years Overview
Our history is rooted deep into the Arizona Territory, and the need for a funded public school system became reality when a school bill made its way through the Legislative Assembly of 1871. Read more about our humble beginnings and our rich history.
What Does 150 Years Look Like
From a one-room classroom located in the county courtroom, to a district now serving students in the fifth largest city in the nation, view our journey through this historic timeline and fun facts.
Phoenix #1 Timeline & Fun Facts
Add What You Know!
Do you have a favorite story, memory, teacher or photo? What was your favorite lunch? Did you marry your grade-school crush? How did Phoenix Elementary help to change your life? We’d love to hear and feature your favorite memories! Stories and memorabilia are added to the website, blog, and social media regularly. Help us celebrate our past by submitting your stories, pictures, timeline additions, and fun facts!
Join the Conversation
Connect with us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest scoop on our 150th celebration. Each week we will share photos, stories, and fun facts, events, and opportunities. Don’t miss out on the sesquicentennial conversation!
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Read About the Footprint
As the city of Phoenix evolved and grew in population, Phoenix Elementary expanded its footprint throughout the downtown area. View the origins and history of our schools and buildings through this School Locations Guide.
Follow our blog for history highlights, throwback photos, memorable moments and blasts from the past from your online conversations. Join the fun as we take a trip down memory lane.
February – March
Get to Know Our Current Schools
As the city of Phoenix evolved and grew in population, Phoenix Elementary expanded its footprint throughout the downtown area. View the origins and history of our schools and buildings through this interactive School Locations Guide.
Save the Date: January 28th
Join us January 28th as we highlight 150 years live at Phoenix Elementary School District’s Emerson Court. More details to come!
Community Picnic Photos by Más Bilingual Marketing
Community Picnic Photos By Danny Upshaw @unheard.harmony
Welcome to Our Blog
We are excited to celebrate a huge milestone for Phoenix Elementary School District #1. It’s our 150th Anniversary! The very first class in our district was back in 1871...
Students Come Together to Celebrate
Students across the district are excited to celebrate the 150th anniversary of our district and wanted to come together for a special photo. Ten deserving students from each of our 15 schools gathered recently...
Extended Celebration Is in Order
The district’s anniversary is not just a one-day celebration. Thanks to a group of dedicated staff and volunteers, our 150th anniversary will span the next few months with festivities...