Impacts of Underground Mines on Hanna Elementary
May 24, 2019 Update
Exploration drilling around Hanna Elementary is expected to finish towards the end of June. The school district will receive a report on findings and recommendations once the drilling concludes. Dr. Copeland, CCSD2 Superintendent, will update Hanna parents and community members on the report once it is received.
HES: RACE to Success!
R – Respect A – Achievement C – Confidence E - Excellence
Hanna Elementary School (HES) is a K-6 public education institution located in Hanna, Wyoming. HES is part of Carbon County School District #2, and has a total enrollment of 75 students.
Hanna Elementary and Community History
As the supply of coal in the now ghost town of Carbon began to play out The Union Pacific Coal Company looked to the north and found an excellent seam. This was the beginning of the town of Hanna. As the town was being built in 1889, workmen and miners lived in tents. One of the first permanent buildings erected was this two-roomed schoolhouse. As a matter of fact, the school stood empty that first year as Hanna had no children. Gradually both rooms filled and additions were added until there were four rooms and two halls. Each room had a potbellied stove and a water bucket, with one dipper shared by all the class. The school population continued to grow and the primary grades were moved to the First Aid Hall, now the Hanna Basin Museum.
During these years, students attended school for eight years and then graduated in an impressive ceremony. By 1917, the school board realized that a high school was needed and a new building necessary. Opening in September of 1918, the “Stone School” accommodated the lower grades on the ground floor and the new high school in a small assembly room and three classrooms on the second floor. The first senior class of 1920 chose the school colors of orange and blue.
Various buildings have occupied what is now the elementary site. The present gymnasium/auditorium dates from 1946. The classrooms and the library of today were constructed in 1950, when elementary and high school students moved in to share “the new school.” After the closing of the mines in 1954, this building seemed ample for years to come, but the coal boom beginning in the late 1970s brought a new, younger population to Hanna. In 1980 the high school, today H-E-M Junior / Senior High, opened south of town. The historic elementary school, remodeled and modernized, remained at the original mid-town site.