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2838 West Main Street
Medford, OR 97501
Phone: (541) 842-3830
Fax: (541) 842-3375
Contact: Jeanne Grazioli, Principal
Hours: 7:30am - 3:30pm

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History of Oak Grove

The volume of history that has brought Oak Grove Elementary into the 21st Century is rich in the pioneering spirit of America.

Oak Grove Elementary has existed in one form or another since 1880.  Originally a framed 20' x 24' building housing 42 children of various ages and overseen by a female teacher paid $33/month-it has grown to 485 students and 23 teachers. 14,481 square feet were added during this latest remodel at a cost of $10,220,000 for a grand total of 44,874 square feet.

nd the year 1900, Oak Grove School suffered from growing pains. The District voted to construct a two-room building in 1908 with bids ranging from $1700 to $2024 for a "deluxe" brick building. This building is still in use (albeit remodeled several times). Sixty pupils occupied this first version of Oak Grove on the site it now commands, and a male teacher was installed to maintain discipline. The major 'crime' of the time? It involved pelting the "privy" (so the female occupants could not exit) with the acorns found so abundantly on site.

Five more additions were build onto Oak Grove in the ensuing years between 1924 and the 1960's.

The need was obvious. One anecdotal story tells of a time when the basement of the original brick building was used as the school lunch room. During the storms of 1964, the lunch ladies actually had to wear rubber boots and slosh through three inches of rainwater to serve lunch.

Thankfully, a gym and cafeteria were constructed, and the West and Central wings of the school came into being. In the 1980's and again in 1996, two more wings were added onto a "bulging at the seams" Oak Grove.

The 2007-2009 remodel is a continuation of the growth of "our" community through the education of our children. Several areas of the school were upgraded. The classrooms all received new flooring, window coverings, paint and up-to-date mechanical systems. The addition of air conditioning was celebrated in two wings and within the cafeteria. The 1920's media center was gutted and reinforcements added to bring the space up to earthquake building codes. Water barriers were installed to help with the moisture issues of the basement. The new design fits the new generation of learners' needs. The wood-framed gymnasium was demolished, and a new state-of-the-art structure took its place. The office is no longer in a renovated classroom but actually serves as the welcoming center for the school. The teacher workroom, which was stationed in the low-ceiling basement previously, is now close to the office and helps teachers meet their planning and preparatory needs.

The remodel and upgrades have brought the Oak Grove community together in an environment where learning can take place safely, efficiently, and with pride

549C Medford School District

Medford School District 549C Mission Statement
We are a high quality teaching and learning organization dedicated to preparing all students to graduate with a sound educational foundation, ready to succeed in post-secondary education, and to be contributing community members.

Medford Public Schools 549C recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups and their roles in society and our community. It is the policy of the Medford School Board that there will be no discrimination or harassment of individuals or groups on the grounds of age, color, creed, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation in any educational programs, activities or employment.
For District Federal Title Program compliance, please contact the Office of Federal Programs: (541) 842-3633
For District Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act compliance, please contact the Office of Special Education & Student Services: (541) 842-3628
For District American Disabilities Act compliance, please contact the Office of Human Resources: (541) 842-3625

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