The Bozeman School District is looking for the public to vote on the new elementary school.  They had over 80 submissions from the first voting period.  They are now looking for your help to choose the name.  Find out what names are being voted on inside.


Voting will be conducted using an online process, VOTE HERE.  Voting will occur from now through May 17.  The results of the voting will be presented to the Board of Trustees at a meeting on May 28th.  As per policy, the Board of Trustees will make the final decision for the new school name.

Here is the list of names that are being proposed for "The Ocho."

  • Aspen Elementary School (Tree local to the area)
  • Caroline McGill Elementary School (1879-1959, Montana's first pathologist; helped found the Museum of the Rockies, the School of Nursing at MSU and the 320 Ranch in Gallatin Valley)
  • Granite Peak Elementary School (Tallest peak in Montana)
  • Ida Davis Elementary School (1879-1962, Gallatin Valley Educator for over 50 years; Gallatin County Superintendent 1910-18; head of English Department and Mathematics Department GCHS; Supervisor of Montana State College 1930-35)
  • Jeanette Rankin Elementary School  (Born Missoula 1880-1973, first woman elected to serve in US Congress; Women's Rights Activist - her work helped pass 19th amendment)
  • Meadowlark Elementary School (State bird of Montana; indigenous bird well-known for its cheerful call)
  • Mike Mansfield Elementary School (1903-2001, US Navy, Army & Marine Corps; MSU Professor of History & Political Science; US Congressman; Longest Senate Majority Leader 1961-77; Longest serving American ambassador to Japan 1977-88; Presidential Medal of Freedom)
  • Robert Frost Elementary School (American Poet regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life; received four Pulitzer Prizes for poetry; read a poem at John F. Kennedy's Inauguration)
  • Spanish Peaks Elementary School (Oldest peaks in the Madison Range composed of 76,000 acres; full of rugged alpine peaks, abundant wildlife, hidden lakes & miles of forest)