Mary G. Hogsett Elementary School is located in the heart of Danville, Kentucky. Founded in 1957, Hogsett is one of three elementary schools in the Danville School system. Hogsett School was named in honor of Mary G. Hogsett. "Miss Mary", as she was affectionately known, was the secretary to the superintendents of the Danville Schools for 27 years, beginning with Professor L.C. Bosely in 1927 and ending in 1954 with John E. Robinson.
In 1958, the school's eight staff members, including teaching principal, Cecil Sims, served the neighborhood's 200 students in grades one through six. Classes were taught in eight classrooms with pupil teacher ratios often reaching 40 to one. There were also two classrooms for the district's special needs students.
Over the years, the facility has been expanded and renovated numerous times. Two of the additions were made while Mr. Sims was the principal. The first addition occured in 1966, when seven classrooms, two restrooms and a storage room were built. In 1972, a climate controlled library media center, two more classrooms and two storage rooms were added to the building. In 1996, principal Sandy Embree oversaw the design and development of new state of the art gymnasium. The old gym was converted to a cafeteria and theater stage. Renovated again in 2000, the building was once again expanded as a new music room and storage closet were added as was a corridor connecting the existing building and the gymnasium. The office suite was remodeled and the building received a facelift with the addition of color brick on the exterior, new entry ways, and new windows. Other upgrades included new heating and air, lighting and floor covering.
Today the building has 14 classrooms, a library media center, a gymnasium, a music room, an art room, a cafeteria, an outside eating area, a 27 station computer lab, three special education classrooms, two reading rooms, one math room, a playground and a speech/language pathology room. It is home to close to 400 preschool through fifth grade students.
Hogsett Elementary School was recognized as a Blue Ribbon School in 1990 and was named one of America's Best Elementary Schools by Redbook Magazine in 1993. The school is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It was identified by the state as a reward school based on its academic performance. Now a Reading First school, the students at Hogsett Elementary are continuing to make progress toward the NCLB goal of reaching proficiency by the year 2014.
Mary G. Hogsett Principals:
|Cecil Sims|| 1958 - 1981|
|Jane Boyd|| 1981 - 1984|
|Sandy Embree|| 1984 - 1993|
|Kent Mann|| 1993 - 1994|
|Gary Stinnett|| 1994 - 1995|
|Dick Webb|| 1995 - 1998|
|Julie Erwin|| 1998 - 1999|
|Rebecca (Goode) Doolin|| 1999 - present|