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Santa Ana
Unified School District
Steve Longacre, Principal
500 West Keller Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92707

Phone: 714.550-1400
Fax: 714.550-1499

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Our News

  • Summer vacation is here!

    Have a wonderful summer vacation! Congratulations to all, for another successful school year. Remember to be respectful, responsible and safe, this summer! See you all, September 1st!

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  • 6th graders vs. Staff, Kickball game!

    To kick off our last week of school, Taft celebrated with a fun and energetic game of kickball! Congratulations to our 6th grade winners!

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  • Math Field Day!

    On June 6th, a group of our students participated in the Math Field Day competition. We are incredibly proud of everyone for competing and embracing the experience! Congratulations to our participants for their dedication and hard work!

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  • Thank you Mentoring USA!

    Mentoring USA recognized a group of our 6th grade students on June 9th. These innovative 6th graders were mentored and guided as they helped plan and eventually create their own business plan. Thank you to Mentoring USA, for your support and for encouraging our students to triumph!

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  • Congratulations to contest winner Alanah Nagy!

    Alanah's slogan poster was one of the winners from over 600 contestants, throughout the district. The Municipal Water District of Orange County awarded Alanah, for her creative slogan on water conservation. Taft is incredibly proud of Alanah’s accomplishment, congratulations Alanah!

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  • Music and Chorus Concert!

    On May 27th, Taft students and Staff were able to attend a memorable music concert. Students showcased an array of instrumental and vocal performances, for their audience, great job Taft Tigers!

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  • Jog-A-Thon Fundraiser Winners!

    On April 24th, awards and recognitions were given to the students who managed to raise the most money for our Jog-A-thon. Taft appreciates the generous contributions that came from all students, family and friends. Together we were able to raise over $8,000 this year!

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  • 2nd and 3rd Grade Animal Presentations

    Mrs. Kensinger's and Mrs. Marosi's classes presented their animal research projects to staff, peers and special guests! Great Job!

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  • Jog-A-Thon 2015!

    A HUGE thank you to all the wonderful parents, staff and students who helped make this year's Jog-A-Thon a great success! We appreciate the parents who volunteered their time, to help with the event, as well as those who came to support!

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  • Kinder and Transitional Kinder Awards!

    On March 27th -- our youngest Taft Tigers were recognized for all of their hard work, impeccable attendance and outstanding citizenship! Congratulations!

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  • Taft's Animal Assembly

    On March 19, Taft students met some special visitors!

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  • Taft Teachers of the Year!

    Meet our Amazing Taft Teacher and Taft Support Staff Teacher for the 2014-2015 School Year!

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Principal's Message

Welcome to Taft Elementary School. As principal, I am proud of the many successes that take place each and every day at our school. Our students strive to learn more and more each day. We have a great staff that endeavors to make school a challenging and rewarding environment for student learning.  Taft is also home to the regionalized Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) Program that serves DHH students from eight surrounding school districts within the Orange County region.  I invite you to learn more about our school through the information on this web page. Thank you for your interest in Taft Elementary School.
Steven Longacre, Principal

School Pride

Taft Elementary

History of Name

Taft was named after William Howard Taft, the 27th President of the United States.

William Howard Taft

William Howard Taft (September 15, 1857 – March 8, 1930), was the 27th President of the United States, the 10th Chief Justice of the United States, a leader of the progressive conservative wing of the Republican Party in the early twentieth century, a professor at Yale Law School, a pioneer in international arbitration, and a staunch advocate of world peace that verged on pacifism.
Taft served as Solicitor General, a federal judge, Governor-General of the Philippines and Secretary of War before being nominated for President in the 1908 Republican National Convention with the backing of his predecessor and close friend Theodore Roosevelt.  It was Taft's promises to carry forward all of Roosevelt's policies more than anything else that enabled Taft to win the Republican nomination.
Two amendments to the U.S. Constitution were passed during Taft's presidency. The 16th Amendment gave the federal government the right to levy an income tax, which became increasingly important as a source of revenue. The 17th Amendment changed the appointment of U.S. Senators by state legislatures to direct election of senators by the people.
Taft is the only president to have served both as head of the executive and judicial branches of the United States government. However, he was much more comfortable in the courtroom than the White House. Becoming Chief Justice of the Supreme Court had been his lifelong personal ambition.

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Date Built and/or Occupied

Taft was occupied in May of 1971. 
The students and staff walked over to the new site from Washington School.  The building was there, but the grounds were not landscaped yet, it was all dirt.

School Mascot

ILY Tiger

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program

Taft is well know for its famous Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program.
The program started at Franklin School in 1948 as an "oral only" program.  In 1958 it was moved to Madison School. 
 In 1968, "Total Communication" was used for the very first time at the Madison program under the leadership of Roy Holcomb, a Deaf man.  By 1969, visitors were coming from California and all over the United States to observe and copy the new way of teaching Deaf children. 
In 1973, the program was moved to a new building adjacent to Taft Elementary School and became know as Taft Hearing Impaired School. 
By 1976, more Deaf children were learning via "Total Communication" than any other method.  It was the fastest growing movement in the history of Deaf Education.

At the Forty-Eighth Meeting of the Conference of Executives of American Schools for the Deaf in Rochester, New York, on May 5, 1976, the following definition of Total Communication was officially adopted: “Total Communication is a philosophy requiring the incorporation of appropriate aural, manual, and oral modes of communication in order to ensure effective communication with and among hearing impaired persons.”


The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) definition of Total Communication is as follows: “Total Communication means the right of a deaf child to learn to use all forms of communication available to develop language competence.  This includes the full spectrum, child devised gesture, speech, formal signs, fingerspelling, speech reading, reading and writing and the opportunity to learn to use any remnant of residual hearing he may have.”
Taft Hearing Impaired School and Taft Elementary School merged into one school in 1993.  The program then became known as the Taft Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program, or Taft DHHP. 
The Taft Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program continues to provide an exemplary education to Deaf and Hard of Hearing students through both the "Total Communication" method and the oral method, depending on the individual needs of the students.  People all over the world still know about our special program and come to visit us.

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