Desert Heights Elementary School History

The Desert Heights name was originally suggested by the students of Stead Elementary School, many of whom transferred to this school upon its opening. In a contest conducted by the students, names with “Desert” in them predominated. The students felt that Desert Heights lyrically described the school’s setting.
Washoe County School District Board of Trustees:
Robert Bentley Margie Broderick
Rusty Crook Doranna Goodnight
Robert Kirchner J. Kay Loudon
Judith Moss Lezlie Porter
Edward Van Gorder Michael Wright.
Superintendent of Schools at time of construction:
Mary Nebgen
Opening Date: 1994
Architect: Sheehan Van Woert Architects
Contractor: Clark and Sullivan Constructors
Construction Cost: $5,296,500
Square Footage: 60,130
Cornerstone Dates: AD 1994, AL 5994
First Principal: Rose McGuire
Physical Building Description:
Cinder block, single story construction with interior circulation corridors, library, multipurpose room/cafeteria, and classrooms for K-6.