Pyrtle Elementary was named after Emma Ruth Pyrtle (1871-1947). Miss Pyrtle was born in Charleston, West Virginia. She attended elementary school in Lexington, Nebraska, and was a member of the first organized graduation class of Lexington High School in 1891. She graduated from the University of Nebraska with an A.B. degree in 1904 and a Master’s degree in 1907.
Miss Pyrtle began a 42-year career with Lincoln Public Schools in 1898, retiring in 1940. She was the principal of Bancroft School and McKinley Elementary School.
She was credited as a national pioneer for the improvement of elementary principal leadership and contributor to education journals. She lectured at teachers’ institutes in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska.
Welcome to Pyrtle Elementary! It is an honor for me to be part of the amazing staff and community at Pyrtle Elementary. Pyrtle Elementary School is committed to educational excellence for all students. Our staff is focused on providing meaningful and challenging learning opportunities in a safe, respectful, and responsible environment.
Pyrtle’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) plans and implements school-wide activities that enhance the school by building a positive Pyrtle community spirit. I encourage you to become an active member of our PTO.
You will enjoy a welcoming atmosphere at Pyrtle. Partnering with parents and our community is vital to our success. Please join us by volunteering to support our students, families and staff at Pyrtle Elementary School. Together we will make a difference!
Chris Schefdore, Principal
Pyrtle’s mission is “Pyrtle’s Community Inspires and Empowers Learners for the Future.”