Award Year: 2013

Taft Elementary School

612 2nd Avenue North
Humboldt, IA, 50548-8867

(515) 332-3216

George Bruder, Principal at time of Nomination

Humboldt Community School District

School Website


Taft Elementary School is a "Great Place to Learn" in a district whose mission is "Learning and Success for All."

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 88%
  • Hispanic: 6%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

Located in north central Iowa in a farming and industrial community Taft Elementary is a part of Humboldt Community School, the largest school district in Humboldt County.

“Learning and Success for All” with a focus on all learners is the norm at Taft. The teachers and support staff strive to create student-centered classrooms engaging the students in rich conversation and higher order thinking. Their commitment to students has been recognized at the state and national level through our district-wide professional development, Authentic Intellectual Work. Utilizing current curricular materials and technological tools to enhance instruction and student learning we are developing lifelong learners.

The students believe that they can learn and be successful at Taft Elementary School and they count on a caring staff where their individual, social, emotional, and intellectual needs are met. With explicit instruction about expectations in all settings, Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) provide a framework for staff to teach behavioral expectations with fidelity. The students earn CAT Cards for meeting expectations and staff provides re-teaching for those that need extra support. Monthly celebrations are memorable and are great incentive to meet the expectations.

The community of Humboldt overwhelmingly displays their support of the school and its students. Parents have a 99% attendance rate at our bi-annual Parent-Teacher Conferences and before school conferences. Our “Parents and Teachers for Humboldt Students”, group is committed to providing students opportunities above and beyond the school walls and our Elementary Business Partners collaborate with classrooms several times a year.

Taft Elementary School is extremely proud to have been selected as one of five National Blue Ribbon nominees from the state of Iowa.