PETER HOBART ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
6500 W. 26th Street
Peter Hobart Elementary School was
constructed in 1967, designed by architects Armstrong,
Schlicting and Skoald.
The school was one of two that were named for students who
had died young. Peter Hobart was an outstanding student and
president of the student council in 1957-58. In the
summer of 1957 he was a delegate to the National conference
of student councils in Roswell, New Mexico. He and
Council Vice President Vern Strand represented Park High at
the 19th Annual Minnesota Association of Student Councils in
Thief River Falls in November 1957. Peter was
scheduled to speak to the group on the Teen-Age-Code that
had been developed and adopted at Park High.
Peter took his Bachelor’s degree from Carleton
College after graduating from Park High, and was working
towards a doctorate at Columbia University in 1963 when he
was diagnosed with Hodgkins Disease. When his illness
prevented him from pursuing his studies, he returned to his
home in St. Louis Park, sometimes visiting Park High. He
died on May 27, 1963. Peter
was the son of Brookside's Andrew Hobart. Although Andrew
was on the School Board, a committee apart from the School
Board had selected Peter for the honor so it was deemed
The dedication of the school on September 24, 1967 included
architect John Terseth, Becky Comstock (representing Park's
student body), Andrew Hobart, Duane E. Billbe (representing
the School Board), Erwin Grossman (representing parents),
Paul Baarson (the school's principal), and the Park High
string orchestra. Superintendent Harold Enestvedt made
An article about the naming of Park’s three
memorial schools appeared in the December 14, 1977 edition
of the St. Louis Park Sun.
In 1988 additions were built, and in 1993 the Media Center
On April 22, 2013, the School Board approved the
construction of an addition to Peter Hobart School to add
two additional classrooms and build on to the cafeteria.
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