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Barack Obama Elementary School 

Established- Barack Obama Elementary School was first established in 1921, receiving the current school name in 2018

Mascot- The Obama Stars

Colors- Yellow and Blue

School Mottos- "Home of the Stars, Where We Provide the Ultimate Learning Experience"

Mission Statement

The goal of Barack Obama Elementary School is to strengthen the development of basic and higher level skills to the greatest potential for each student. Students are motivated and encouraged to develop a sense of self worth, respect and responsibility. Parents and the community will join us as active partners in creating a positive environment and providing innovative experiences.

Vision Statement

We believe that Barack Obama Elementary School is a school where each child is recognized and accepted for his/her own dignity. We further believe that the academic and enrichment programs must be based on the needs and interests of the students we serve. Students must acquire essential skills in reading, writing, mathematics, and computer literacy to be prepared to live as productive citizens in a highly technological world. The learning environment must challenge students to achieve and to excel.

History of the School

The site for the school, 3101 Fendall Avenue, was purchased in the early 1920's and the building was ready for occupancy in September of 1922. In 1928, due to rapid growth in the Northside area, eight rooms were added to the building. Several renovations have taken place within the building, creating the present cafeteria and a larger media center. The most recent renovation, done during the summer of 1989 through 1990-91 school year, has greatly changed the building.

The following persons have served as principals from 1922 to the present:

  • Jack M. Davis 1922-26

  • Leslie E. Bush 1926-45

  • Helen C. Phillips 1946-60

  • Elmer H. Gish 1960-61

  • Mary R. Jones 1961-62

  • Elmer H. Gish 1962-67

  • Mary Ellen Garber 1967-74

  • Mildred Bruce 1974-94

  • Iris F. Page 1994-2005

  • Jennifer K. Moore 2005-present

Presently, the school serves approximately 350 students in grades K-5 and Exceptional Education.

It is our hope that Barack Obama Elementary School, which has served the educational needs of boys and girls in Northside Richmond for 100 years, will continue to do so for many years to come.