Friends, former students, and colleagues of retired Sacramento-area teacher Elinor Hickey are invited to attend a celebration Saturday, December 10, when a Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) school is dedicated in her name.
The Sacramento County Board of Education voted unanimously on September 28, 2005, to name a SCOE community school in recognition of Hickey's decades of service to students and families. The Elinor Lincoln Hickey Junior-Senior High School shares a campus with the Leo A. Palmiter Junior-Senior High School special education and career training site operated by the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE).
"Naming this community school in Elinor's honor is a small gesture in comparison to all that she has done — and continues to do — for the students in our community," said County Superintendent of Schools Dave Gordon.
The December 10 dedication ceremony, which begins at 11 a.m., will culminate in the unveiling of a bronze plaque honoring Hickey. A cake and punch reception will take place immediately following the ceremony. Classrooms will be available for visitation.
Elinor Lincoln Hickey School is located at 2040 Ethan Way in Sacramento, off Cottage Way between El Camino Avenue and Howe Avenue. Reservations for the dedication ceremony are required. Call (916) 228-2416 by December 8.
Elinor Hickey has served since 1990 as Area 1 Trustee of the Sacramento County Board of Education and has twice served as Board President: 1991–1992 and 2000–2001. Before being elected to the County Board, she had served two terms as Trustee of the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD). Hickey, who graduated from the University of Southern California in 1939 and received her teaching credential from Stanford University that same year, assumed her first teaching position shortly before World War II, in Yreka, California. She taught English at Sacramento High School for 18 years, during which she received top honors as Teacher of the Year for both her school district and for all of Sacramento County.
Hickey continues to be an active education advocate and is involved in numerous community organizations, including the Renaissance Society, which conducts learning programs for senior citizens at California State University, Sacramento. She has also served on the State Teacher Credentialing Committee, as well as the board of the Girl Scouts of Tierra del Oro Council.