St. Paul’s Lutheran School traces its roots back to a Kindergarten only setting that served the congregation from 1949 – 1957.
As the program strengthened and the congregation began a time of rapid growth, the decision was made to start an elementary school. A pivotal piece of that process was to call a director/principal to take responsibility for this growth. The Lord provided just the right person in a brand new graduate – Mr. Loren Goehner. In the fall of 1957, the school opened for the first time with elementary grades of Kindergarten to 4th grade.
The school added a grade per year over the next four years, therefore by 1961, the doors opened with grades Kindergarten to 8th. The first graduating class in the spring of 1962 had six students. Classrooms contained two grades each, and Mr. Goehner was both a teacher and principal and served in that capacity until 1994, when Thomas Kolb, a son of the congregation and a teacher at Baltimore Lutheran School accepted a call to fill that position. For many years, the school had remained a double grade classroom school, but new growth in the 1990s eventually brought about a grade per classroom environment.
The current principal, Mr. Robson, came to St. Paul’s in 2013 from Arizona with 27 years of experience as a Lutheran School Principal, and 37 years in Lutheran education. Mr. Robson was the 2010 Administrator of the Year for the Pacific Southwest District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS).
St. Paul’s currently offers Pre-Kindergarten 3s, Pre-Kindergarten 4s, a morning Kindergarten, full Day Kindergarten, Elementary Grades 1 – 5, and Middle School Grades 6 – 8. St. Paul’s also offers a before/after school program for Kindergarten – grade 8.
As St. Paul’s shifts to a look ahead, it is with confident belief that God will bless all that come through the doors. The school will continue to be a place of excellence in education where the child will be taught and nourished.