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!


February 18-21, 2020: During birthday week, students enjoyed the Argonne in the 1920’s curriculum developed by teams of parents and teachers. Each grade had a unique theme and activity. Thank you to all of the parents and caregivers who volunteered their time to teach and assist with class projects.

February 24, 2020: Argonne’s 100th Year Student Celebration was enjoyed by all! Students & staff watched Hep Jen and Ken Wantanabe perform the Lindy Hop, listened to a Western Neighborhoods Project historian, interviewed an alumna who attended Argonne in the late 1920’s, and played an exciting game of Argonne Trivia. Coach Joey, one of Argonne’s PE teachers, stole the show as the event MC. Thank you to all of the volunteers for putting on this special celebration!

March 6, 2020: The Argonne 100 Year Celebration Soirée was a 1920’s theme party attended by the Argonne community (21+). We had a great night at the historic Verdi Club in the Mission with a live band, dancing, & photo booth.

Argonne 100 Year Celebration Soirée