Celebrating 100 Years of Argonne Elementary School

Argonne Elementary School 100 Years 1920-2020

Argonne Elementary School is a unique, extended year public school educating kindergarten through 5th grade students since 1920.

The Muese-Argonne offensive was fought in the forest of Argonne in northeastern France during WWI. Argonne Elementary School was the first to be built in San Francisco after the Armistice was signed, and a Gold Star mother who’s son, Corporal Frank, died in and was originally buried in the forest of Argonne, was present at the school’s dedication on February 22, 1920. A plaque on the front of the school read: “Argonne School – Erected A.D. 1919. Named by San Francisco in honor of her sons for their patriotic devotion their loyal services and their noble sacrifices on the battlefield of France and Belgium, 1918.”

The current school building went into service on August 27, 1997.

Thank you to to Western Neighborhoods Project for teaching us about Argonne’s history and for writing a very special article (pdf) about our school!


Are you a former Argonne Elementary School student or teacher? If you would like to share stories, photos, or news articles from your Argonne experience, please contact Nicole Meldahl at nicole@outsidelands.org. We would love to hear from you!


February 18-21, 2020: During birthday week, students will take part in special curriculum that has been developed by teams of parents and teachers. Each grade will be doing something unique. Parents & Caregivers are encouraged to volunteer to teach and assist with the class projects. Contact your class room parent for more information and to find out how to participate.

February 24, 2020: The Argonne’s 100th Year Student Celebration will be in the MPR from 1:30-2:30. Email argonneptocochairs@gmail.com if you want to volunteer to setup, during the event, or cleanup.

March 6, 2020: Argonne 100 Year Celebration Soirée
Come join us on Friday, March 6th at 7pm at the historic Verdi Club in the Mission to celebrate with our amazing school community! Purchase Your Tickets Today!

Please inquire with Principal Catingub at catingubs@sfusd.edu if you are interested in a reduced price ticket. The best events are ones where all can participate!

You are invited to the Argonne 100 year celebration on March 6 from 7-11pm at the Verdi Club

Can’t join us but want to make a donation? Please complete the form below to donate via PayPal. If you don’t have a PayPal account, you may also donate using your credit card.

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We also welcome donations by check (made out to “Argonne PTO”). Please mail to:

Argonne Elementary PTO 100 Year Celebration
680 18th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94121
All donations are tax deductible.

(Non-profit Tax ID #94-3344282 as Argonne Council of Empowerment)