I wrote this story for the San Bernardino Sun newspaper in 1985 and it was printed on Sunday, May 19 in their Desert/Mountain section. I have been going through so many of my old newspapers and I recently found it so I am reprinting the story. If you’ve ever wondered about the school name change this should solve some questions.
RUNNING SPRINGS-The elementary school here will no longer be called Running Springs Elementary. The Rim of the world Unified School District board has changed the name. From now on, it will be known as Charles Hoffman Elementary School.
Hoffman, principal at the campus for the past 25 years and an employee of the district for 30 years, is retiring after this term.
The push to have the school named after Hoffman came from residents in the community, like Barbara Bjaanes, president of the school’s Parent Teacher Association. “We feel that he has done so much for so many children, we hoped the school board would approve changing the name of the school. We thought it was a wonderful idea,” Bjaanes said.
A petition drive was launched and the petition, along with letters of support, were presented to the school board May 7. All of the letters of support were presented to the school board May 7. All of the letters were bound into a book and presented to Hoffman at the meeting.
“The nice thing about all of this is that I didn’t have to die in to get it,” laughed Hoffman.
Hoffman taught fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grades when he first came to the district. The first year he taught the district rented the woman’s club building. ( Joan: The building that long-ago residents constructed themselves ultimately became the site for the Bank of America and it is currently the location of First Mountain Bank).
In addition to teaching in the mid ’50s, Hoffman served as janitor and bus driver for the students.