The History of Ann Ott School

The History of Ann Ott School

In 1929, 12th Street and Apache was considered the outskirts of the city and was a farming area. Ann Ott had to make her way through cotton plants to get to a small, cottage school house where she was named principal. At that time she had 86 children attending and three years of education was the norm for children in the area. Ann knew three years wasn’t enough. She made it her mission to do more. By 1947, the school offered education up to eighth grade, a cafeteria, library, shop, music and art rooms. In addition to being principal, Ann tended to children’s impetigo sores & medical needs, cut hair, and fed fellow teachers. She became so close to her student’s families that parents requested her to bless marriages, name children at birth, settle parent’s quarrels, and be present when someone died. The school was renamed to honor Ann Ott in 1960 until it closed in 2007. Ann Ott’s legacy lives on in all of our Phoenix #1’s principals. Our principals become part of the family and serve their student’s with the same love and care. Do you have a story about your school principal; we’d love to hear it. Share your story in the storytellers link!



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