About Mark Twain Elementary School
At Mark Twain Elementary, we take pride in our rich history and our enduring commitment to providing a stellar educational experience to generations of students. Established in 1956, our school has been a cornerstone of our community, setting the stage for the academic journey of thousands of young minds.
Over four decades of dedicated service to our students left its mark on our beloved institution. The wear and tear had become apparent, and our outdoor hallways and classroom entrances were exposed to the unpredictable forces of Mother Nature. It was clear that we needed a renovation to ensure our students could learn and grow in the best possible environment.
In 1996, the Pasco community, in an unwavering display of support, spoke through their votes. Their message was clear - it was time to remodel Mark Twain Elementary and equip it for the current and future educational needs of our students.
During the 15-month rebuilding phase, our resilient Twain students and dedicated staff adapted to their temporary school home in the “old” Emerson building, maintaining their unwavering commitment to learning and growth.
On November 30, 1999, Mark Twain Elementary was joyously rededicated. This date marked precisely 43 years after the school's initial dedication and, fittingly, 164 years after the birth of the renowned author Mark Twain, our school's namesake.
Mark Twain, or rather, the pen name of Samuel L. Clemens, holds a special place in our hearts and our hallways. As the father of American literature, Twain's legacy is synonymous with iconic stories set in the Deep South, featuring beloved characters like Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. An unwavering advocate for teachers, Twain once aptly remarked, "It is noble to teach oneself, but still nobler to teach others." His portrait stands as a prominent reminder of his wisdom and influence in the school's main hallway.