History

ah_logoWoodridge Elementary School opened in 1953, with grades 1 through 6 and an enrollment of 558 students. At that time, the school consisted of only 3 wings, 2 of which had the classroom doors open to the outdoors, and one of the wings was enclosed.

In 1954 a fourth wing was added to accommodate Woodridge’s all time high enrollment of 923 students. Currently, Woodridge has 848 students which puts us over 30,000 students we have served since opening.

In 1973, Woodridge added Kindergarten students for the first time as our enrollment dipped for a short time, reaching an all-time low of 303 students in 1976. In 1980, Woodridge’s 6 th grade students left to join the Junior School. Then in 1984, the Kindergarten students moved to Howard. As a result, Woodridge has had grades 1 through 5 since 1984.

In 1988 and 1992, wings 1 and 2 were enclosed and our current library was built. In 1998, Woodridge added our 5 th wing and our auditorium. At that time a time capsule was created to be opened in 2025.

Since 1953, Woodridge has had 9 principals.

  • 1953 – 1962 - Mr. Eddie Neumann
  • 1962 – 1974 – Mr. George Moore
  • 1974 – 1988 – Mr. William White
  • 1988 – 1989 – Mrs. Penny Simone
  • 1989 – 1993 – Mrs. Randa Hollon
  • 1993 – 1998 – Mr. Allan Kropp
  • 1998 – 2004 – Mrs. Linda Schlather
  • 2004 – 2012 - Dr. Cordell Jones
  • 2012 - present - Mrs. Debbie Garinger

Woodridge’s rich history continues . . .




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