As with all schools, T.H. Bell has its own unique history. We would like to share a little of that information with you.
|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:
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.
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|
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.
School Colors: Red, White, & Blue
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!
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.
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.
|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.|
|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 -|
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:
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.
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:
- The first cheerleading tryouts were held on September 24, 1963.
- The first football scrimmage was played against Mount Ogden with the score of 12-0 for Mount Ogden.
- The first basketball team did very well and nearly took the championship. They had a record of 6-2
- Bell had a wrestling team in 1964.
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 WSDIn 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.
|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.|
|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.|
|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 - current||Today’s website|
"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.