School History

1900

The original Leverett School opened, serving 1st-8th grades.

It was located at the corner of Maple and Garland Streets.

The land was purchased for one dollar, from U of A

Professor Charles Leverett.  The land was part of his farm.

The school had 4 classrooms.

It was built by A.M. Byrnes.

 

1921

Leverett became the first school in Arkansas to become a member of the National Congress of Mothers, later known as the PTA.

 

1939

The “new” Leverett opened at its present location.

It was designed by Paul Young, and built by Earl Bird.

Students walked, rode bikes, or roller skated to school.

There was no school lunch, so students brought their own, or went home to eat.

At noon, they could walk to the grocery store down the block to buy penny candy.

 

WORLD WAR II YEARS

There were military barracks across the street.

The school lunch program began.  It was considered unpatriotic if you did not finish all your food at lunchtime.  Monitors checked your plates, and you could not go to the playground until your plate was clean.

Milk came in half-pint bottles; students used a straw.

PTA members loaned jars to the school for canning food.

There were tin can drives.  Students collected cans, put them in gunny sacks, and took them to the grocery store.

 

RECESS IN THE 1940s and 1950s

Softball

Dodgeball

Jumprope

Hopscotch

“Red Rover”

Jacks

Swings

Teeter-totter

 

1956

The school collected Top Value Stamps to purchase a television set.

 

1962

The principal suggests parking cars during U of A football games to raise money for the school.

In 1968, the fee for parking cars went from 50 cents to one dollar.

  

1989-1990

Leverett celebrates 50 years in its present location.

Governor Bill Clinton came to visit in honor of the occasion.

 

1994 

The school mascot was changed from the “Leapers” to the Leverett Lions.

 

1988

Leverett starts a school-wide recycling program.

The city of Fayetteville did not yet have a recycling program.

We received several awards for our efforts.