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Who is James Russell Lowell?

Lowell’s Literary Namesake

“To educate the intelligence is to expand the horizon of its wants and desires.” These were the words of poet James Russell Lowell. He lived from 1819-1891 and was one of the most famous American writers of his time.

            Lowell was one of eleven Long Beach elementary schools opened in 1926 to house the skyrocketing enrollment of the oil boom years. The school suffered extensive damage in the 1933 earthquake, when a brick tower collapsed into the second-floor library. The school was eventually reconstructed to be entirely one-story. Today, more than 600 students attend Lowell Bayside Academy.

             The son of a minister, James Russell Lowell was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and graduated from Harvard in 1838. Lowell’s passion for writing was encouraged by his wife, poet Maria White. By 1844 Lowell made his start as poet, editor, critic, and anti-slavery reformer. Eventually, he became editor of the Atlantic Monthly and served on the Harvard faculty. In the late 1800s, Lowell was named U.S. Minister to both Spain and Great Britain. The final years of his life were spent at home in Cambridge.

            Today, a statue of James Russell Lowell stands outside our school office, where the great poet overlooks parents, students, and teachers “educating the intelligence” and “expanding their horizons.” We’re certain that James Russell would be proud of what’s happening at Lowell Elementary today!

By Cassie Ward, 4th grade teacher


Lowell Facts:

  •  California Distinguished School 2000, 2004, 2008!

  • Award of Merit, The Thirteenth Annual District Science Fair, April 26, 2008

  • An elementary school in the Long Beach Unified School District built in 1926, rebuilt after 1933 earthquake

  • A neighborhood school with a diverse student population of approximately 752  students K-5

  • One of three schools that make up Bayside Academy K-8

  • A strong academic program that includes a technology continuum

  • 25 students in grades K-1-2-3 (up to 35 in 4, 5).  Please know that for the 2011-2012 school year class size for grades k-1-2-3 will be 30 students.

  • internet connection from every classroom, computer lab, library

  • library has automated catalog and circulation system (approx 13,000 books)

  • LBUSD STAR (Student Success + Terrific Teaching = Academic Results) Award 1999, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, and 2009 

  • Broad Prize for Urban Education America's Best Urban School District 2003. Finalist for this prize in 2007.

  • Highest Yearly Attendance 2003 - 2004

  • Outstanding Yearly Attendance 2005 - 2006 -2007- 2008

  • California Business for Education Excellence Honor Roll 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 

  • API 2010 = 942

  • Monarch Waystation number 1783 - check out the learning garden in front of the school