Former students staff reminisce as Marshall Elementary marks 50 years

first_imgSecretary Judie Loveall has been greeting students at George C. Marshall Elementary School for 33 years, and she welcomed back former students, former teachers and parents whose children attended the school on Thursday during an open house marking the school’s 50th anniversary at its current location.While Loveall has seen thousands of students over the decades, she wouldn’t have known David Skeans as a student. She turned 2 the year he started at the original Marshall, which opened in 1943.The original Marshall opened the same year as Lieser Elementary School and two years after Hough Elementary School opened. (The district had earlier elementary schools, but those have been completely rebuilt.) Today, the district, which now goes by Vancouver Public Schools, has 21 elementary schools.Skeans was in Marshall’s inaugural first-grade class. The original school was about a mile away from the current Marshall on Vancouver’s McLoughlin Heights and built to accommodate children of parents who worked in the Kaiser Shipyard during World War II. Both of his parents worked in the shipyard; his two sons later attended the current Marshall.Skeans enjoyed looking through scrapbooks in the school gymnasium/cafeteria Thursday, pointing out a story in The Columbian from 1948 about an evening of skits at Marshall put on by children’s groups including his Cub Scout Pack 560. His mother, listed as “Mrs. J.L. Skeans,” was the den mother.last_img

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