Every student in 7th grade must present an immunization record showing a whooping cough (Tdap) vaccine after age 7, before starting school in August 2014. Parents are encouraged to have their children immunized now and submit proof to the school’s office for uninterrupted registration.
Reflecting on the 2013-2014 school year, I have seen a lot of change and improvement at Spurgeon. We have created bonds between students, parents and staff. We have had an increase in daily attendance, tardies have been reduced immensely, and our suspensions have decreased. However, there is always room for improvement.
As one school year has ended,preparations have already begun for 2014-2015 as we strive to make each year better than the last. We will continue to increase programs that will allow parents and students to become more involved at our school. Our students will have access to a new computer lab with up-to-date technology. Parents will be helped to create and use emails so that we may add another means of communication between parents and school staff.
I encourage you to join me for our monthly Pizza with the Principal meetings. At Spurgeon your voice will always be heard. This is your school. I look forward to meeting you in August for one of our Orientation Meetings. A schedule for the Orientation Meetings will be sent in early August.
The Spurgeon staff looks forward to working together with you during the 2014-2015 school year, which will begin Tuesday , September 2, 2014.
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