Rice Elementary Celebrates 80th Anniversary

Rice Elementary Celebrates 80th Anniversary
Posted on 11/16/2018
Principal Veronica Konkoly appreciates high school Mariachi performers at Rice's 80th anniversary.

Students, current and former staff and a who’s who of alumni helped make the 80th anniversary celebration of Lilian J. Rice Elementary a success.

The Chula Vista High Mariachi ensemble (photo) and the Rice student choir were among the featured performance groups. The school was named after the ground-breaking architect who designed and built homes for “some of the nation’s most celebrated achievers, entertainers, and movie stars in Rancho Santa Fe, now renowned as one of the wealthiest zip codes in the country,” noted the author Diane Y. Welch, in a volume of Rice’s work.

Rice also designed local schools, including the campus known originally as “L Street School,” at 915 Fourth Avenue facing L Street. It was completed in 1938 and was renamed “Lilian J. Rice School” during the 1944-45 school year.

“Our school was named after a very prominent female architect,” said Principal Veronica Konkoly. “She was really ahead of her time. Our anniversary celebration included wonderful booths and food, and a beautiful art gallery in our multipurpose room that included portraits of Lilian J. Rice."

Konkoly noted that generations of students have come through the school. "One of the special feelings we have from being here at Rice is the wonderful legacy," Konkoly said. "With 80 years of educating our children, we often run into people who taught or went to school here and some who were a principal or assistant principal here. It has been wonderful seeing so many of them here at this event.”

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