The History of Hurden Looker Elementary School

History of the School

Hurden Looker School has a rich history dating back to the early 20th century. It wasn’t until May 1917, where the agreement between Mr. Engler, owner of the land, and the Board of Education proposed  building a school house. Approval was given and the Hurden Looker school was erected where Mr. Engler’s peach and apple orchards used to be.(McClow, A. H.p 114)”

The school has played a pivotal role in shaping the academic landscape of the region. In 1919,  Hurden Looker School officially became part of the Hillside school buildings also made up of Abram P. Morris, Saybrook Annex, Calvin Coolidge,  and the George Washington School.(McClow, A. H p 162). It has been said that once the Hurden Looker School was established "walking to Hurden Looker School, one would know every family who lived along the way” (McClow, A. H p162). Many generations of Hillside families have gone to Hurden Looker School and continue to do so today. 

Hurden Looker, was named after two prominent figures, Edward Arthur Hurden and Horace Russell Looker, who were known for his dedication to fostering a nurturing learning environment for students and sacrificing their life in World War I. The institution's legacy is deeply rooted in Hurden Looker’s core values, as it continues to prioritize creating a supportive atmosphere that encourages students to excel both academically and personally.

McClow, A. H. (1997). From lost Saybrook and Lyons Farms to hillside: A pictorial history. Donning Co.