About Our School
Crispus Attucks School was named in honor of Crispus Attucks, who was born in Framingham, Massachusetts. Crispus Attucks was born into slavery. His mother was a native Natick Indian and his father was an African American brought to America from West Africa. Crispus Attucks joined crowds that objected to having British Troops stationed in Boston. On March 5, 1770, the British troops fired on a crowd killing Crispus Attucks. He became the first casualty of the Boston Massacre in America’s fight for independence.
In the 1880’s, the Prospect area was primarily a farming community. The first schoolhouse, Irving School, was built at 24th and Prospect to serve what was then a widely scattered population. This school was later renamed Booker T. Washington. Population demands in 1900 and the need for larger schools and renovations caused a new school, Crispus Attucks Elementary, to be built at 19th and Woodland. Numerous great men and women of the past were educated at this school. Some of them included: Bennie Moten, Charlie Parker and Professor Roger Wilkins.
In 1990, Booker T. Washington School was demolished and construction began on the new Crispus Attucks Elementary School. In 1991, Crispus Attucks Elementary relocated to its new site and opened its doors as a Communication and Writing Magnet School.
Currently, Attucks is a comprehensive neighborhood SIG School with ten K-6 classrooms, four Headstart classrooms, and five Pre-K through 6 Exceptional Education Classrooms.
Jessica Bassett is currently serving in her 14th year as a school educator. During her tenure, she has served as an elementary, middle and high school teacher as well as a middle/high school vice principal, (specifically academic vice principal at one of the district’s School Improvement Grant (SIG) schools). She has also served as an interim principal. Ms. Bassett earned her baccalaureate degree from the University of Kansas (Vocal Performance), Masters of Education degree from Avila University (Curriculum and Instruction). While serving in various leadership roles Ms. Bassett was selected for the Leadership Institute for Prospective Principals sponsored by the district and received an Education Specialist Degree (Administration) from University of Missouri Kansas City. Currently she is pursuing a Doctorate Degree from the University of Missouri Kansas City and has recently completed the LITE Academy, a principal preparation program underwritten by the district. Ms. Bassett has a fundamental belief that education is a powerful tool to shape a person’s destiny. “The quality of your education can place you in the palace or in the pig pen." She believes it is the responsibility of educators to give students the keys to the palace regardless of where they begin. Providing a first class education for all of her students is Ms. Bassett’s primary objective.