Kennedy originally opened its doors in January of 1961 as Southeast Elementary School. By April of the same year, the Lawrence Board of Education unanimously voted to rename the "new" school, Kennedy Elementary School, in honor of Miss Opal Jayne Kennedy. Miss Kennedy retired as principal of Hillcrest Elementary School in 1961 after 50 years of teaching the children of Lawrence and Douglas County.In 2010 early childhood students joined grades K-5. This blending of an early childhood center and elementary school is one of many aspects that make Kennedy Elementary unique!The 2015-2016 school year showed the final results of part of a 2 year construction project. This final product provided 10 additional classrooms as well as many other redesigns in our building.Watch out for Kennedy PRIDE!