Taft Grade is a one-school district serving roughly 350 Kindergarten through eighth grade students. After graduating class size is 30-35. Taft's geographic boundaries limit it to roughly 1 to 1.25 miles square.
Over the years, Taft boasted an award winning band. Most recently, the Vikings have celebrated boys and girls state qualifying teams in basketball, track and field, and junior high school level qualifiers in science fair. Taft has also expanded academic opportunities for students interested in student council, and we have recently founded an honor society for students in grades 5-8. Other activities include choir, yearbook, 3rd-6th grades basketball thru the Taft Athletic Association. For students in 5th-8th grades, we also have available baseball/softball in the late summer through early fall, junior high basketball and cheerleading for boys and girls in winter, boys and girls volleyball in late winter through early spring, track in late spring available for boys and girls.
Our learning community has an active parental role, and we invite as many opportunities for parents to get involved. Some of these ways include volunteering through the PTA, Athletic Association, Taft Foundation, and WatchD.O.G.S.. Taft also partners with the Lockport Park District to host before school care and "Club 90" activities for things in which students may have interest, but Taft itself does not sponsor. Expanding our partnerships to the greater learning community includes university partnerships with Aurora University, Lewis University, and the University of St. Francis.
Taft Grade School District 90 was named in honor of William Howard Taft — the 27th President of the United States (1909-1913) and the 10th Chief Justice of the United States (1921-30). President Taft is the ONLY person to have ever served in both roles. President Taft was born on September 15, 1857 in Cincinnati, Ohio, and died on March 8, 1930 at the age of 72. He is credited with improving the economy and helping to build the government of the Philippines during his term.
To learn more, this link will take you to the White House page on President Taft.