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A History:

As with all schools, T.H. Bell has its own unique history. We would like to share a little of that information with you.


 

 The user is welcome to scroll down or use the links in the table below to navigate through Bell's selected history.
School Name School Namesake School Colors/Yearbook
School Mascot School Logo School Firsts
School Construction School Principals School Website
Fox Cool School Photos School Construction Photos Bell @ 50 Photos

 


A School for 6th Graders: 

Early drawing of T. H. Bell Jr. High


Construction of the school began in 1961. During the 1962-63 school year, the east wing was completed and only 6th grade students attended. All the construction was finished in the fall of 1963 when the school became a junior high with 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students. The school dedication ceremony was on November 14, 1963 with the following speakers: Architect, Keith Wilcox; Contractor, Jay Wadman; Weber County Board Member, George Van Leeuwen; State Superintendent of Public Instruction, T.H. Bell, & Principal, Earl Cragun.  Presently students from 7th - 9th grade attend T.H. Bell. The school opened it's doors to students on August 26, 27, and 28 for T.H. Bell's first student registration.  Margaret Beyda was the school's Head Secretary over this operation.  The first day of school at T.H. Bell Junior High School was September 3rd, 1963.


School Name:

Deciding on a school name was a major decision. These were some of the suggested names for our school:

Bonneville Jr. High Edge Hill Henry A. Dixon
Hill Crest Hill Top Jacqueline
John Glenn Miles Goodyear Mountain View
South Crest South Terrace Terrace Junior High
T. H. Bell Van Leeuwen  Wasatch

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School Namesake: 

Terrel Bell

After much deliberation and planning, the name T. H. Bell was decided upon. Terrel H. Bell was Superintendent of the Weber County School District from 1958-1962. Mr. Bell instigated the building of the new school while he was superintendent. At the time of the dedication, he was State Superintendent of public instruction.  Later, he was in President Reagan's cabinet as Secretary of Education from 1981 to 1984.  Read more about Mr. Bell.

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The School Colors, Yearbook, and Mascot:

School Colors: Red, White, & Blue
Yearbook: Sentinel
Mascot:Minuteman

 

 

In the past, selected students have taken turns as the school mascot. They dress up at games as a Minuteman to cheer on the Minutemen! 

 

To learn more about the meaning of the Minutemen and the significance to the school and you click on this link.

 

Our yearbook is known as the Sentinel, and it featured 3 student mascots that were chosen to represent our school during the year 2009 –2010  as seen in the illustration to the right. 
3 Mascots 09 - 10

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Construction:

 An Architect's vision of T. H. Bell

Total Square feet in orginal design - 87,439           Cost per square foot- $13.60 (Construction and Finish of site)

Total teaching stations- 30                                  Cost per square foot- $12.90 (Construction of building only) 
Total cost- $1,190,401.94

Quick Fact:  Notice the rectangular hole in the roof in this illustration.  This atrium was in the building until the late 1980's.  In the 70's and 80's it had acquired a roof, and was a greenhouse with lots of plant life. It was a jungle in there, but It created quite a bit of heat in the office area. In the early 1990''s, it was converted into the modern conference room that today is used heavily for meetings.

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 Historical Construction Photographs:

Click on the image for a Full Sized Photo.  These were shown at the school dedication ceremony.
 
Front of School in 1963 Left: The finished school in 1963.  The following  photos are  from  1962.  These pictures are believed to have been taken by Mr. Gary Jensen former Science Teacher & Media Specialist @ Bell.  Looking East down 5100 South in 1961. Looking at the future Art, Shop, rooms and the Gym in the background. Looking from the N.W. corner of the School to the South in 62 (toward baseball, and football field)
Looking through the Gym to Rooselvelt Elementary Looking toward the Gym and to the East. A Different type of Grading! Crane on-site in 1962 Looking out a Window off the Gym to the East.
Looking East of the South Side of the School in 62 Looking South From the East Parking Lot. Looking South as 6th Graders leave school in 62 Front of the School in 62 Catching the School Bus in 1962

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A list of Bell's Principals:

Mr. Earl B. Cragun: 1962 -1968 Mr. Ernest Rauzi: 1968 -1970
Mr. Mark Angus: 1970 -1984 Mr. Paul Ogden: 1984 - 1992
Mr. Ed Morgan: 1992 -1993 Mr. Robert Stillwell: 1993 -1998
Mr. Gary Reed: 1998 - 2003 Mr. Corey Jenkins: 2003 -2008
Mr. Curtis VandenBosch: 2008 - 2015  Mr. Lenn Ward: 2015 -

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School Firsts: (scroll down for all the firsts)

Principal Cragun

1st Administrator: Principal Cragun

The first Principal, Mr Earl Cragun, was involved in about every aspect of T.H. Bell Jr. High.  He was a very busy man.  He was engaged in details concerning the construction of the school to deciding on school logo.  Everyone of us assume that the minuteman was the first logo decided for T. H. Bell.   However, the original school logo was a bell.   Mr. Cragun wrote several letters to various organizations looking for rights to a drawing of a bell to use as an logo.  Unfortunately, or fortunately he couldn't secure the use of one.  These were original ideas that were proposed for our school:

SYMBOL:Bell

NAME OF GROUPS:  Bell ringers, Belles, Bellboys, Bellmen, & Bella Dona (which means Fine Lady).

LOGO IDEAS:Bell flower, Bell Jar (jar shaped like a bell) Silver Bell, Gold Bell, & Dumb Bell (referring to free weights). 

A bell with the name "Bellmen" was to be placed on the athletic jerseys, and the first pep club skirts were to be shaped like a bell.
Thank heavens the name was changed to minutemen!

First  Complaint:

The 1st  complaint 
The 1st signs of Mischief!

 

 The 1st complaint that was recorded was on Tuesday, August 28th 1962.  The complaint came from a neighbor to the school who reported our boy students were throwing rocks at her cow. One boy even set a fire cracker under it!  The picture to the left is a photo of the boys and the cow.  The fenced in cow would have been on either side of the sidewalk as  you head toward the seminary building today.


First and Sports:

 

    • Cheerleaders:
    • The first cheerleading tryouts were held on September 24, 1963.
    • Football: 
    • The first football scrimmage was played against Mount Ogden with the score of 12-0 for Mount Ogden.
    • Basketball:
    • The first basketball team did very well and nearly took the championship. They had a record of 6-2
    • Wrestling:
    • Bell had a wrestling team in 1964. 

First Computers:

The 1st computers at the school were purchased for teacher use in 1985. There were two computers with black and white monitors and very small screens. They had about 128 kilobytes of internal memory with no hard drive. All data was stored on a 3.5 floppy disk which could contain about 1 megabyte of memory. The user would input a 3.5 start-up disk to boot the machine, and then put in their own personal floppy to create and store data. At the time, these machines were sold for about $2,500 a piece and were quite and investment!  Principal Paul Ogden, our forward thinking administrator, took the risk, and made computer users out of a few of his staff. The computer was of course a Macintosh 128k as pictured to the right.

1st computer network in the WSD
In 1992, T.H. Bell could also boast that it had one of the first computer networks in the school district.  Media Center specialist, Gary Jensen, wired a star network of about 10 windows computers in the library and eventually they were connected electronically to other libraries of information.  These computers and the network were  the school's first connection to the Internet.  Some of the teachers that learned on the Macintosh, were now savvy enough to take their classes to the media center and "Gopher" on the Internet.  HTML use on the World Wide Web was in it's infancy at the time and not established as of yet.  Everything was text based at the time.

MacIntosh -128KMacintosh computer

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Logo - Minuteman:

1st Minuteman

The school’s first logo looked like the minuteman to the left.  This was definitely what the school had as an logo into the mid 1980’s.  


The logo that had worked on letters and mailings for the last quarter of a century was going to stay on mailings, but it was not adequate for viewing electronically.  

 

Logo was used: 1963? - 1987

The winning entry. 
Above: 
The new school logo was drawn by a student in a school art contest.

In the late 1980’s, Art instructor, Mrs. Barnett/Ostberg, with the approval of Principal Paul Ogden, declared a contest open to students to design a new school logo. 
 

Superintendent Jay Taggart

Superintendent

Jay Taggart

The winning prize was awarded to student Blaine Taggart in 1987.  It was believed that Blaine's dad  was the model for this winning entry. At the time, Blaine's dad happened to be Superintendent Jay Taggart of Weber School District.  He was Superintendent from 1982 –1989.  Mr. Taggart then went on to serve as the Utah State Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1990-1992

Logo was used: 1987 - 2004

The new logo was needed out of necessity.

When computers and graphics came of age, it was much easier to change a school logo, and the first need for an new logo was apparent when Technology Instructor, Mr. Breen; and Media Specialist, Mrs. Wadsworth-Smith, were developing the school’s first website in 1998-1999.  A website was something the school had never had before.  

Blaine Taggart’s drawing was eventually converted to a bitmap image and given more detail by Mr. Breen’ s students in 1999 and used on the school's first website.

Over time, the determined, driven, and persistent idea’s, behind the“Fighting Minuteman”became lost in translation by the public and new staff members and acquired the nickname “The Angry Minuteman.”

Website Logo was used: 1999 – 2004

original image Wynn Farr A new logo was designed and produced by Art instructor, Mr. Farr, during the school year 2003 –2004 at the request of
Principal Corey Jenkins. 
Principal Jenkins wanted Mr. Farr to update the logos that represented each Jr. High school in the district that were on display in the gymnasium.  There had been several Jr. High schools built in the district over time, and they needed to be represented.  Students were again involved as the logos of all the schools that hang in the gym were drawn and painted by students in Mr. Farr’s art classes.

The result was a change in the design of Bell’s logo with this project.   Mr. Farr’s original design is to the left and can be viewed here and in our gymnasium. 

Logo: 2004 - current

New Logo Website Today’s school wide logo is a modified version of Mr. Farr’s design as seen to the left.  This image was found on the school’s website through 2011.  It is used at the school on official clothing and documents.  The most prominent place for this icon is in the tile floor in the front hallway of the school as your enter the building. 

The tradition is that “Real Minutemen Spirit” is shown  by not walking on this image in the tile that represents our school.

Logo: 2004 - current

Minuteman new website When designing the new school website, everyone involved at the school (Teachers: Mr. Breen,  Mrs. Wadsworth-Smith & Administrators: Mr. Patterson, Mr. VandenBosch) and at the district level  (Mr. Brooks, and Mr. Coates) wanted a dignified look to the site.  The illustration of the minuteman icons in any form did not seem to fit into the rectangular space at the top of the new website.  After trying several ideas, Mr. Breen did some work with Adobe Photoshop and came up with the image at the left.  It is the traditional look of the minuteman, and as the saying goes “What is old is new again!”  If you look very closely, you will see that this image is basically the same as the first illustration.   This image is only being used on the school’s website.

Logo: 2012 - current

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School's Website:

The original website was  a unique website from the start as the home page included 4 pages.   It was based on frames.  The blue left pane was stagnate and the white page on the right would change when the html code was activated.  What really made it unique, was the white and red stripe in the frame.  The effect was given by including two pages that were closed to content.  Including the school colors were important to the developers in 1998 -1999.  Original Website
Operational 1999 - 2004 Above: Original website
The original site was built for expansion.  The content on the  site expanded.  One thing that allowed it to grow was that the same two people that developed it were still adding content.   Technology & Engineering instructor, Mr. Breen had worked on the design, and relied heavily on Media Center Specialist, Mrs. Wadsworth-Smith for the “look and feel” of the sight. Website evolved
Operational 2004 -2011 Above: Modified or rebuilt website
Even though the old site was still functional, a different concept is now being used district wide.  More of the staff is contributing to this website, as the hope is this will be a more robust website, and that information will be easier to find. The website wouldn’t be up this fast without the district programmers in Information Technology having set up a shell for the same two people to “develop Bell’s look.”  This website is ultimately a very big collaborative effort!  2012 website
 2012  - current Today’s website

 

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Fox 13 - Cool School of the Week:

It was a collaborative effort of students that resulted in T. H. Bell being "Cool School of the Week" in 2007.  Bell Students voted using many types of electronic devices on the Fox website for this event to occur. The broadcast was on the morning of March 7, 2007.   Click on the image for full sized photo/ video. 
 Cool School Window During commercial break   Brad tickles the ivories  Marque thumb
 The Administration  Minutemen Mascot  Bell team beats Budah  Are you smarter than a Jr High Student?
 Planning the shop segment  Budah & Breen  Filming Bigfoot III  Budah & Damon
 Crowdsgather thumb  Bigfoot III  Autograph hounds

 After the Broadcast

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 Celebrating Fifty Years

 

"Half a century", "5 decades",  

"Two score and 10 years",

are all ways to express that Bell has reached

a milestone.  Many things have changed since the

school was opened and these comparison pictures

are just a small part of the changes that are visible.

 T.H. Bell in 1963 & 2013 - 50 Years  Catching the Busses
The first Grading!  East Parking lot - Looking South Students of the past and today. 
 Looking East down 5100  Looking East toward the gym.  Looking Southwest toward the Terrace water tower.
 Looking West from the front of the school.  Through the window of time.  Bell - 50 year logo.

 

 

 

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