Opening its doors in 1948, Ridgecrest Elementary School was the first school constructed by the newly formed Shoreline School District. In 1991-92, Ridgecrest underwent an extensive remodel in which a lab and gym were constructed, several classrooms were added, and the library was expanded.
In 2008, Ridgecrest underwent further renovations, including two portables and a gym/multipurpose room floor. Additional district money, fundraising and donations contributed to a new playground.
Eight people have been principal at Ridgecrest: 1948-1967 Harry Grimlund (1948-1967), Stan Wiklund (1967-1972), Bob Hadeen (1972-1979), Pete Elhi (1979-1985), James Schaffner (1985-2002), Bruce Titcomb (2002-2008), Cinco Delgado. (2008-2013) and our current principal, Sue McPeak.
During the half-century that Ridgecrest has been open, thousands of children and hundreds of staff members have come and gone – each individual taking something with him or her and each leaving something behind.