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  • John Adams Elementary

    History of Name

    Who Was John Adams?

    John Adams

    Adams was born in Braintree (now Quincy), Massachusetts. He was one of the leaders in the fight for American Independence. His most notable accomplishment, as President, was to avoid a war with France, while maintaining American honor. A believer in centralized government, he helped strengthen the Federal government. Before becoming President in 1797, John Adams built his reputation as a blunt-speaking man of independent mind. A fervent patriot and brilliant intellectual, Adams served as a delegate from Massachusetts to the Continental Congress between 1774 and 1777, as a diplomat in Europe from 1778 to 1788, and as vice president during the Washington administration.

    Did You Know?

    • John Adams is the first president whose son became president.
    • He was the first president to live in the White House--then referred to as the Executive Mansion.
    • He died on July 4, 1826, the same day as his friend and political rival Thomas Jefferson.
    • During his administration, the Alien and Sedition Acts--designed to suppress political opposition--were passed.

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    Cougar Mascot
    Adams Cougars

    2009 Target Heart of American Extreme Library Makeover

         In the Spring of 2009, John Adams Elementary was one of 16 schools nationwide to be selected by Target and the Heart of America for an extreme library makeover. After submitting an application, and being accepted, planning for the makeover began in the Spring.  The renovation was completed in October 2009 and the grand opening was held on the 16th of the month.  During the ribbon cutting ceremony, which was attended by superintendent Russo and several SAUSD board members, over 200 Target volunteers put the finishing touches on the renovation, lead the children in educational activities, and gave each child a packet containing 7 books.  Besides renovating the 51 year old library, and turning on a whole new generation to literacy, Target donated 2,000 books to the library.

Last Modified on March 5, 2017