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Ford Elementary School SIC 2022-2023

Kelsey Cato

Randi Dahl

Joyce Lantigua

Sharanda Pilgrim

Rev. Heyward Green

Calvin Ray

Brook England

Zak Watson

2022-2023 Teacher of the Year, Crystal Arnold
Crystal Arnold
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2022-2023 Support Staff of the Year, Nurse Michelle Taylor
Nurse Michelle Taylor

Ford Elementary's History

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In the early 1920’s, Watts Mill School served the children of the Watts Mill area. There was a great need for more space due to the increasing numbers of students. During the Fall of 1936, Ford Junior High School was built. The students and faculty made a historic walk from their beloved Watts Mill School to their new school building to signify a new beginning. The school was named after a much loved community leader and principal of the Watts Mills School- Mr. J. E. Ford.  

In 1938, Mr. Ford watched his middle school grow into a senior high school and an auditorium was added to the school. In 1940, a gymnasium was built under the W.P.A Government Project. The first graduating commencement was held in May of 1940. Six hundred students were enrolled at Ford.  

In 1941, four classrooms were built to accommodate 1st and 2nd grades.   

In 1944, a lunchroom was added, which opened the first week of January 1945.  

The 12th grade was added to Ford’s curriculum to meet the demand for a higher education in 1948.   

In 1949, the machine shop was built.  

In 1963, the present band/music room was added to the auditorium.  

In 1970, student enrollment grew to 776 students, with 33 teachers, and 2 secretaries.  

Currently, Ford Elementary School serves Pre-K through 5th grades with approximately 530 students, 27 teachers, and 32 staff members. One hundred percent of our student population receives free breakfast and lunch. Our student population is approximately 48% Hispanic and is served by our ESOL program.