2014-15 Principal's Message
Todd Irving, Principal
Parents, Students and Staff, I am very proud of the progress Spurgeon Intermediate has shown. I have had high expectations for our students and staff and the response I have received is incredible. We hosted the 1st Semester Awards Assembly last month to reward our students for the excellence they have shown. We handed out 1,391 awards at our assembly. 463 students received an award for increasing their score on the Reading MAPS test. We had 354 students who received an award because they increased their score on the Math MAPS test. 213 of our scholarly students received an award for Scholastic Society, which meant they received all A’s and B’s for the 1st semester. Our “O club” consisted of 155 students who received all O’s and one S or better in citizenship. 116 students were not absent during the 3rd marking period and received a Perfect Attendance Award for the marking period. 39 of our amazing students received the Perfect Attendance Award for the entire first semester. My Principal’s Honor Roll certificate was awarded to 51 excellent students who received all A’s for the 1st semester.
We invite our community to join us on tours for our potential future students to see what we have accomplished. Please contact us to schedule your tour.
History of Our Name
On October 27, 1869, William Henry Spurgeon bought 74.25 acres of land for $594.00. On Dec. 13, 1870 he hired George Wright to lay out the 24 square blocks for his town which he named Santa Ana. He was appointed the first postmaster for the town. He served as storekeeper, mayor, alderman and marshal. At his own expense he cut a 3 mile long road through the mustard grass so that the stage company could serve Santa Ana. In 1889 voters elected Santa Ana as the county seat. Mr. Spurgeon lived to see his dream take root and thrive. In March, 2011, Spurgeon Intermediate School technology and journalism students created the Wikipedia entry for William Henry Spurgeon.
Date Built and Occupied
Spurgeon Intermediate School was completed in 1974 and opened for the 1974-1975 school year.
The Board of Education at the time of the school's opening consisted of members: John R. Schilling, Cordelia Gutierrez, Richard W. Iron, D.D., Charles K. Paskerian Jr. Charles F. Kenney Ed. D., Superintendent; Howard R. Harrison, Associate Superintendent.
William Blurock and Partners, were the architects who designed Spurgeon's open-space school.
When Spurgeon opened its doors in 1974, it served about 900 sixth through eighth grade students. At that time, the campus consisted of a two-story main building serving all classes except those in physical education and music. Unique to Spurgeon's building is the second floor mezzanine overlooking its four state-of-the-art computer labs. Initially the home to its media center/library, the raised central area in the main building was redesigned in 2000 by Mr. Russ Ford, Title I Program Specialist, to house the new technology labs. For the opening of the 2011-2012 school year, a second classroom building was completed including the outside commons area and physical education area. Because of the great impact Mr. Ford had on the entire Spurgeon community during his 32 year tenure at Spurgeon, the new building was named Russ Ford Hall in his honor.
Spurgeon's School Colors
Former Spurgeon Students