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Unit 3: Who My School Was Named After

May Overby

May Overby Elementary School was built in 1958 and named after Miss May Overby who taught first grade at Garfield Elementary for 35 years.  Miss Overby was born in 1887 at Northville, Dakota Territory.  She taught school her entire life and retired in 1956.  She died in Aberdeen September 9, 1979.


O.M. Tiffany

O.M. Tiffany Elementary School was built in1941 and named for Oliver Mathew Tiffany who was a member of the Aberdeen School Board for 12 years from 1929 to 1941.  He was Aberdeen’s mayor from 1941 - 1946. He was born in 1877 in Northfield, Minnesota and died in Aberdeen on December 26, 1949.

John Simmons

Simmons Elementary School was built in 1955 and named for John Simmons who was a banker.  He was born on November 27, 1858 and came to Dakota Territory in 1882, settling in Frederick.  Eventually he owned over 5000 acres of farm ground in Brown County.  He donated 20 acres of land to the city of Aberdeen on which to build Simmons Junior High School (now middle school), Simmons Athletic Field,  and Simmons Elementary.  He was a member  of the first State Legislature after South Dakota became a state in 1889.  John C. Simmons died on August 20, 1954.

C.C. Lee

C.C. Lee Elementary School was built in 1973 and named after Aberdeen businessman Clifford C. Lee. Mr. Lee was born on October 23, 1890 in Aberdeen.  In 1915, he and his father formed K.O. Lee and Son and sold farm machinery.  In 1926 the company began manufacturing tools.  Mr. Lee served as the president of K.O. Lee until 1978.  Mr. Lee died October 1, 1978.

Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln Elementary School was originally built in 1916 and was the first city school to have electric lights.  It was named after President Abraham Lincoln.  Lincoln School was remodeled several times, and finally, the Lincoln School of today was built on the original site used in 1916.