Mission Elementary School

California Street


Mission Elementary School was built in 1938, as a project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA).

It served until 1994 as an elementary school of the Redlands Unified School District.

A favorite tradition of Mission School was the ringing of the bell. Each graduating sixth-grader got to ring the bell on the last day of their schooling at Mission School.

Teachers and students collected acorns from these trees to recount the lifestyle of the Indians who had lived here.


Mission School was a famoud "Demonstration School" where teachers like Iola Threatt used the best teaching methods. Visitors came from all over to see Mission School.

Mission School was built by the WPA. This government program provided jobs during the last years of the Great Depression.


Many dams, schools, and other projects were built during the late 1930's.

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