Cooper Mt. Elementary School sits on a prominent hill
after Perry Cooper. Cooper was born in Ohio in 1825 and was a pioneer
of Oregon. He settled the slopes of the mountain in March, 1853.
Pictures of the original
Cooper Mt. School date back as far as 1904, at which time the school
located closer to Rigert Rd. The first building erected on the
present-day site was built in 1914. Cooper Mt. School 1904
Cooper Mt. School 1909
In 1997 the students at Cooper Mt. School created a
Mural with original artwork honoring the history of Cooper Mt. School.
Titled, "Cooper Mt. Now and Then", the mural was completed and
the school on May 1, 1997.
Students drew pictures of themselves dressed in 1990s
or 1890s fashion. They were also invited to draw flowers, trees,
school, playground... anything they thought represented our area and
Each student from kindergarten through grade five
least one tile, and each tile was installed on the 9x12 foot mural. The
hangs in the hallway at the entrance of the school.