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Lorin Eden Elementary Modernization Program Update!
Posted 6/4/21



School History
Lorin August Eden was a grandson of Gus Eden, one of the original settlers who came to Hayward in the 1860s. Gus Eden settled on the land where the Southland Shopping Mall now stands. The land which sat a little higher than the surrounding area became known as Mount Eden.  

Lorin attended the old Eureka School, which was the first school in the area. He graduated from Hayward Union High School in 1924. He became a Certified Aviation Mechanic and helped design the first transcontinental aircraft. In 1947, he was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Mount Eden School District which consisted of one two-room school. Lorin served 16 years as a Mount Eden School District trustee. 

As more people moved to Hayward after World War II, Lorin lobbied Sacramento politicians for funds to expand the district to serve the growing student population.  Between 1947 and 1963, ten schools were built in Hayward. At one meeting of the Mount Eden Trustees, when he was absent, the Board went ahead and voted to name the last of the Hayward schools to be built, Lorin Eden. Lorin Eden Elementary School opened in 1964. 


Growth After More than 5 Decades
Fast-forward more than five decades, Lorin Eden Elementary School today serves close to 450 K-6 students in the Mount Eden community of the City of Hayward.  In its Facilities Master Plan created in 2006, the Hayward Unified School District identified it to be among the schools that needed renovation and modernization. The project was originally included in the Measure L Bond Program approved by the Hayward voters in 2014. In 2018 due to budget constraints the project was moved to be constructed under the Measure H Bond Program which was passed by a vote of 72% on the November 6, 2018 ballot.  The HUSD Board at its meeting on April 14, 2021 approved the contract with HY Architects for the design of the Lorin Eden Elementary School modernization project. The school’s modernization will finally come to fruition. This is really great news for the Lorin Eden ES families.


Renovating for the Present and the Future
This project will modernize buildings, replace portables with permanent buildings and make site improvements on the existing campus originally built in 1963. The intent of the project is to improve the learning environment and provide an attractive, functional facility with neighborhood curb appeal that includes new landscaping. It will redefine the campus entry point by relocating the administration office to the front of the campus in order to enhance security and establish a new parent and student gathering plaza with before- and after-school waiting areas. The old kindergarten classrooms will be demolished and new modular kindergarten classrooms will be added. A new learning hub at the center of the campus will be built that will include a library, resource spaces, and teacher prep space.  Restrooms will also be modernized to meet current accessibility (ADA) compliance. The acoustics and interiors of the multipurpose room will be improved and a new outdoor lunch shelter will be added to reduce lunch-time overcrowding. 

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Construction will be done in phases so that the campus can continue to function as a school for the community. TRiGroup, Inc., HUSD’s management team for the Measure H Bond Program, will manage the project.

If you would like more information about the Lorin Eden ES modernization and the projects covered by the Measure L bond program or the Measure H bond program, feel free to contact us at: MeasureH@HUSD.us.