Poly High School renamed its library after former Poly Principal Bob Ellis during a recent ceremony and unveiling of a permanent plaque in Ellis’ honor.
School staff, students and retirees helped to mark the occasion.
Ellis graduated from Poly in 1941 and was a proud letterman on the debate team. After college and Naval service in both World War II and Korea, Ellis began working for the Long Beach Unified School District.
Current Poly teacher Brett Alexander, who also attended Poly as a student, helped to arrange the renaming.
“Principal Ellis for me was a big, huge part of the energy here, and what made Poly great,” Alexander said. “We had a lot of school spirit, and I think it’s because he was a Poly graduate, and he knew how important school spirit was.”
For more than 37 years, Ellis served as a teacher, counselor and head counselor before becoming principal. He was principal at seven LBUSD schools, but his longest tenure was at his alma mater, Poly, where he served from 1979 to 1986. During his time at Poly, the high school enjoyed unprecedented success, including the creation of the Center for International Curriculum (CIC) magnet program.