• On January 2, 1987, the Lawrence Public School's Board of Education purchased 50.6 acres of land from Alvamar Reality. At the time of purchase, the land was west of Lawrence and had yet to be developed. Mr. Bob Billings (Alvamar Reality) contacted Mr. Ken Fisher, the Director of Business for the Lawrence Public Schools, regarding the land purchase. Mr. Billings agreed Shortly after passage of a school bond issue, Myron Melton was hired as the school's first principal and the planning began. 

    On August 18, 2000, Langston Hughes Elementary School opened its doors for the first time.

    Then, in the summer of 2014, Langston Hughes Elementary underwent an exciting complete renovation that included construction of 5 additional classrooms along with many new upgrades following voter approval on April 2, 2013, of a $92.5 million school bond issue. The bond is to improve facilities, enhance technology and expand career and technical educational opportunities, the Lawrence Board of Education has transitioned from bond planning to implementation throughout the Lawrence Public School District.  
     
    Click the following link for more information:  Building for the Future: School Construction Update 
     
    Did you know? Langston Hughes Elementary School was named after the Author and Poet, Langston Hughes, who spent much of his early childhood growing up in Lawrence, KS.  As a child he attended Pinckney Elementary school and Central School. As an adult living in Harlem, New York, Langston Hughes became nationally recognized for his writings, which were rooted in his African American experience.
    1. Langston Hughes Langston Hughes 
      Poet
    2. James Mercer Langston Hughes was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz poetry. Wikipedia
    3. BornFebruary 1, 1902, Joplin, MO
    4. DiedMay 22, 1967, New York City, NY
    5. AwardsSpingarn Medal, Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and more