The school was named for the American poet and writer John Greenleaf Whittier. The original Whittier Elementary School was built in1889 and was located on the west end of what is now our lower playground. It had several additions, and in 1922 held 1,016 students. Our current building was dedicated in 1958, at which time the original building was torn down. At various times during its existence this school has been a K – 3, a Pre-K - 6 , a K – 8 and Pre-K – 7 building. Whittier Elementary celebrated its centennial in 1989, which was attended by many former students and teachers. In 1996 the building was renovated to how it looks today.
Whittier is a neighborhood school serving students from Kindergarten to 6th Grade. We have a diverse student population that features many languages and cultures. Today we have about 500 students enrolled in 21 classrooms. In addition to the core curriculum, the students also receive instruction in art, music, physical education, computer and library.
My name is Luis Hinojosa and we are starting our fourth year
together here at Whittier. My amazing wife Meghan, and our 3 children,
Sam (16), Tanner (12), and Anna (10), love our Whittier family. We are
excited seeing the direction we are headed. We are an awesome school
destined for GREATNESS!
A little bit about me? I love sports. I love
playing, watching, coaching sports when I get a little time to do so. I
have 2 dogs. Fezz, who is a tiny Chihuahua, and Jasmine, a German Shepherd
puppy. Growing up, my father had instilled, on all four boys in our
family, the importance of valuing our education. My father is a doctor,
my brother Paul is a CFO of a school district, my brother Grayson is an
assistant prosecuting attorney, and my youngest brother Andrew is a
dentist. You can see that we were pushed to reach our full potential to
work towards. We love to learn new things and believe it is important to
always challenge yourself.
Whittier is a great place to bring your students. We
have wonderful, caring, and loving teachers who want to do what is best for
your child. Please take time to reach out to your student’s teacher, or
myself, to introduce yourself. Working together, we will do great things,
and our students will be the ones who will benefit. Your students should
feel proud that they are Whittier students. One way they can show off
their pride is by coming to school in uniform and by coming to school on
time. Respecting your child’s education will allow them to take advantage
of what we have to offer and to be able to do well on our state
If you have any questions, please feel free to stop by to
visit with me. My door will always be open to you and your
We are one of 6 elementary schools that are fully accredited. This is something we should be proud of wholeheartedly. Please make sure you bring your students to school on time and that they are here every day. Our staff is committed to providing your students the highest quality education they can, but your students must be here and on time to get it. The state counts every minute a student is not in school and uses this data to help determine our accreditation status. The minutes add up quickly with nearly 500 students in our building.
Thank you for being supportive of Whittier. You should be proud that your students attend Whittier. We are here for each and every one of you. Please stop by an visit when you can.