bond_thank_you_ribbon-02.jpg
Monday, 14 March 2016 15:00

The Draper Dragons: 40 Years Strong, Legacy Continues

In 1976, when Draper Elementary opened mid-school year, students formed a “moving day” brigade and carried their own tote trays up the street from the old Draper Park School to the new building where the school resides today.

It’s a moment recorded in photos and now part of the 40-year-old school’s lore — and, for Head Secretary Marian Broderick, an example of the school’s close ties to the community.

In her 21 years at Draper, Broderick has seen seven principals come and go and generations of children. “Some of the kids I watched grow up are now bringing their own kids here to school,” she says. “They’ll come in and say, ‘Oh, you’re still here,’” which is kind of embarrassing, but I love it.”

Broderick remembers the “open classroom” era when there were no walls and partitions and bookcases were all that separated one class from the next. Her own children attended Draper, though back when the school was year-round.

Draper has exploded in size, and the demands upon teachers today are much different than they were 20, or even 10, years ago. But what hasn’t changed is the school’s commitment to student achievement, a responsibility that the community has always helped shoulder through donations and the tireless support of parent volunteers. “That’s what I love about my job. I get to know all these kids well and their parents,” says Broderick. “It just feels like a big family.”

On Monday, March 14, the Draper Elemenatry community came together again to commemorate the school's anniversary. Cake was served and live entertainment was provided by the school's choir. The event doubled as an art gala to showcase the collective works of Draper's students, which is appropriate considering the central role that art has played in the school's history.

Did You Know?
  • When Draper opened, the school inherited an art collection that over the years has grown to include: a Norman Rockwell original "Ichabod Crane," a piece by Utah artist Greene Richards titled, "Spring Fancies," and an untitled mountain scene by Bob Ross of PBS fame.
  • Forty years ago, Draper City's population was 5,000; today it exceeds 45,000.
  • The school cost $1.9 million to build. 
  • School staff, teachers, the PTA and students helped pack boxes in preparation for moving day.

The following slide show is a compilation of historical photos found in Draper Elementary’s archives courtesy of the PTA.

DES Scrapbook 1976 098-a
DES Scrapbook 1976 028-a
DES Scrapbook 1976 013-c
DES Scrapbook 1976 013-b
DES Scrapbook 1976 100-b
DES Scrapbook 1976 100-a
DES Scrapbook 1976 099-c
DES Scrapbook 1976 099-b
DES Scrapbook 1976 099-a
DES Scrapbook 1976 097-a
DES Scrapbook 1976 098-b
DES Scrapbook 1976 091-b
DES Scrapbook 1976 062-b
DES Scrapbook 1976 062-a
DES Scrapbook 1976 102-a
DES Scrapbook 1976 102-b
DES Scrapbook 1976 060-a
DES Scrapbook 1976 056-a
taff 9x12
DES Scrapbook 1976 055-a
DES Scrapbook 1976 053-a
DES Scrapbook 1976 049-a
DES Scrapbook 1976 046-c
DES Scrapbook 1976 046-b
DES Scrapbook 1976 046-a
DES Scrapbook 1976 044-a
DES Scrapbook 1976 043-b
DES Scrapbook 1976 043-a
DES Scrapbook 1976 042-a
DES Scrapbook 1976 041-a
DES Scrapbook 1976 039-a
DES Scrapbook 1976 035-a
DES Scrapbook 1976 033-a
DES Scrapbook 1976 032-a
DES Scrapbook 1976 025
DES Scrapbook 1976 017-a
DES Scrapbook 1976 016-b
DES Scrapbook 1976 071-a
DES Scrapbook 1976 071-b
DES Scrapbook 1976 070-a
img20160308_21445811
img20160308_21465023
DES Scrapbook 1976 046-a
DES Scrapbook 1976 082-a
DES Scrapbook 1976 080-a
DES Scrapbook 1976 075-a
75-76school9x12
drapergirls
draperball
drapersign
draperEle
  • DES Scrapbook 1976 098-a
  • DES Scrapbook 1976 028-a
  • DES Scrapbook 1976 013-c
  • DES Scrapbook 1976 013-b
  • DES Scrapbook 1976 100-b
  • DES Scrapbook 1976 100-a
  • DES Scrapbook 1976 099-c
  • DES Scrapbook 1976 099-b
  • DES Scrapbook 1976 099-a
  • DES Scrapbook 1976 097-a
  • DES Scrapbook 1976 098-b
  • DES Scrapbook 1976 091-b
  • DES Scrapbook 1976 062-b
  • DES Scrapbook 1976 062-a
  • DES Scrapbook 1976 102-a
  • DES Scrapbook 1976 102-b
  • DES Scrapbook 1976 060-a
  • DES Scrapbook 1976 056-a
  • taff 9x12
  • DES Scrapbook 1976 055-a
  • DES Scrapbook 1976 053-a
  • DES Scrapbook 1976 049-a
  • DES Scrapbook 1976 046-c
  • DES Scrapbook 1976 046-b
  • DES Scrapbook 1976 046-a
  • DES Scrapbook 1976 044-a
  • DES Scrapbook 1976 043-b
  • DES Scrapbook 1976 043-a
  • DES Scrapbook 1976 042-a
  • DES Scrapbook 1976 041-a
  • DES Scrapbook 1976 039-a
  • DES Scrapbook 1976 035-a
  • DES Scrapbook 1976 033-a
  • DES Scrapbook 1976 032-a
  • DES Scrapbook 1976 025
  • DES Scrapbook 1976 017-a
  • DES Scrapbook 1976 016-b
  • DES Scrapbook 1976 071-a
  • DES Scrapbook 1976 071-b
  • DES Scrapbook 1976 070-a
  • img20160308_21445811
  • img20160308_21465023
  • DES Scrapbook 1976 046-a
  • DES Scrapbook 1976 082-a
  • DES Scrapbook 1976 080-a
  • DES Scrapbook 1976 075-a
  • 75-76school9x12
  • drapergirls
  • draperball
  • drapersign
  • draperEle








  • Read 967 times