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Safety Harbor Historical Site: Safety Harbor School

 
 
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By Tim Fillmon, June 15, 2019
1. Safety Harbor Historical Site: Safety Harbor School Marker
Inscription.  The first Safety Harbor School opened in 1907 as a two room frame building behind the present day fire station. The school included grades one through eight. In 1916, a new red brick three story school house was constructed at its current location. By 1926, the school needed to expand. New larger classrooms and a 500 seat auditorium with state of the art flood lights on the stage were added.

By 1936, the school population expanded to grades one through nine and additional buildings were added. In 1942, the playground was plowed, and the students planted a Victory Garden. The food that was grown was used in the cafeteria for school lunches. Fire and bomb drills became a way of life for the students. After WWII, the school population steadily increased and the first kindergarten class was added in 1948.

In 1961, the school board approved a six million dollar bond issue, and the original 1916 building was razed. The 1926 additions were remodeled, and a 14 classroom wing was added. In 1962, the Safety Harbor School became an elementary school as grades seven through nine were moved to the middle school.

In the mid-60s,
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the Lincoln Heights School was closed, and African-American students were integrated into the Safety Harbor Elementary School. In 1968, a single unit kindergarten pod was added, then a three room pod was added in 1984 due to a sharp increase in kindergarten students.

Safety Harbor Elementary School and the City of Safety Harbor have forged a strong working relationship over the years. The school auditorium is still used today for many other programs and functions.
 
Erected by Community Redevelopment Agency and the Safety Harbor Museum of Regional History.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureEducationSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1907.
 
Location. 27° 59.698′ N, 82° 41.538′ W. Marker is in Safety Harbor, Florida, in Pinellas County. Marker is on 5th Avenue North just north of 5th Street North, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 535 5th Avenue North, Safety Harbor FL 34695, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Safety Harbor Historical Site: Baranoff Oak Tree (approx. 0.3 miles away); “The Baranoff Oak” (approx. 0.3 miles away); Safety Harbor Historical Site: First Town Hall (approx. 0.3 miles away); Safety Harbor Historical Site: St. James Hotel
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(approx. 0.4 miles away); Safety Harbor Historical Site: Tucker Mansion (approx. 0.4 miles away); Safety Harbor Historical Site: Safety Harbor Log Cabin (approx. 0.4 miles away); Espiritu Santo Springs (approx. 0.4 miles away); Safety Harbor Historical Event: Peace Treaty Between the Tocobaga and the Calusa (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Safety Harbor.
 
Also see . . .  Safety Harbor Elementary School. (Submitted on June 6, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 6, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 6, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.

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