Mount Logan Middle School celebrates 50 years

Mount Logan Middle School Principal Michael Monson speaking during a public assembly, Thursday night, March 6, 2014.  The assembly celebrated the 50 year anniversary of the school building.

LOGAN — School officials, students, families and previous students celebrated Mount Logan Middle School’s 50th anniversary Thursday night.

A public assembly was held in the school’s auditorium and featured music performed by a student choir, a video slideshow and comments from administrators.

Margaret Downs was a part of the first class of students to attend the school, which was originally called Mount Logan Junior High, when it opened in 1964.

Downs said the school was half the size then and has changed over the last 50 years.

“We were Buffalonians then, instead of the Mountaineers,” said Downs. “Our colors were green and white. Yours are blue and white now but those are some of the fun things we can talk about.”

Downs said she has kept her “Buffalo Trails Handbook” she received as a student and still remembers the teachers she had that first year.

Earlier, Principal Michael Monson said Mount Logan Middle School has grown, not only in school size but in class size. Students from 29 different countries now attend the school.

“We have a very diverse population,” said Monson. “We have nearly 180 students that are in some capacity learning English as their second language. So it’s a wonderful building to be in for students, because we love that kind of diversity and the cultural mixing that comes together.”

Former Principal Dan Johnson and Mayor Craig Petersen also spoke.

This past week, students have been celebrating the school’s 50th anniversary with hula-hoop, yo-yo and marble contests.

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