Ellerth E. Larson, our school’s namesake, was the Lodi Unified’s second and longest tenured Superintendent to date, serving the district for close to eleven years from July, 1976 to March, 1987. Mr. Larson came to the district in 1973 as Deputy Superintendent from San Leandro, where he had served for many years in a number of teaching and administrative positions. He brought to the district a wealth of experience and a level of expertise in many areas—curriculum and program design, staff development, participatory management, and organization development. During his tenure the district grew from a student population of around 11,000 to 20,000 and from a budget of $8 million to $70 million.

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