About Us

About Hardy
Elementary School

Hardy Elementary School, is a proud Leader in Me school located in the heart of San Diego, California nextdoor to San Diego State University. We are committed to providing high-quality education to students from all backgrounds and empowering them to become leaders in their communities.

We strive to create a safe, inclusive, and engaging learning environment where every student is inspired to achieve their full potential. We believe that every child has the capacity for leadership, and we are dedicated to helping them develop the skills and confidence they need to succeed in school and beyond. 

Our school serves students from Universal Transitional Kindergarten (UTK) through Fifth Grade and is known for its excellent academic programs, supportive community, and dedicated staff. 

As a Leader in Me school, we focus on developing the leadership skills of our students. We believe that every child has the potential to be a leader and that leadership is not just about titles or positions but is about taking responsibility for one's own life, setting goals, and working towards them. Our leadership program is based on the principles of Stephen Covey's best-selling book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. 

At Hardy Elementary, we offer a rigorous academic program that emphasizes the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills. We provide our students with a broad range of experiences, including art, music, and physical education, to help them become well-rounded individuals. We also offer a variety of extracurricular activities and clubs to help our students explore their interests and develop their talents. 

We believe that all students can succeed, and we work closely with parents and the community to provide the support and resources our students need to achieve their goals. 

We invite you to explore our website to learn more about our school and the programs we offer. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a visit, please don't hesitate to contact us. 

about hardy


Edward L. Hardy Elementary School was opened on April 22, 1957 and dedicated on November 16 of the same year. It was named for a man who was an outstanding educational figure in San Diego County for over a quarter-century. Dr. Hardy's career in education began as a high school teacher in Wisconsin in 1893. During the next 13 years he served as headmaster of a Los Angeles military school and as principal of a high school in Illinois. In 1906 he came to San Diego as principal of San Diego High School. In 1910 he was appointed as president of San Diego Normal College. Dr. Hardy's long fight to raise the status of the institution resulted in the re-designation of the Normal School in 1921 as San Diego State Teachers College, and authorization in 1923 to grant the bachelor's degree. After World War I, the college had outgrown its campus in University Heights. A bond issue was passed in 1928 and construction began on the current site on the southern edge of Alvarado Canyon. In 1931 the college moved to the new campus. In 1935, the year that Dr. Hardy retired, the school was re-designated San Diego State College. He served as a member of the Board of Education of the San Diego Unified School District from 1937 until 1945. His pioneering spirit lives on in the dedicated staff of his namesake school - Edward L. Hardy Elementary.

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