Ellen Hopkins Elementary School was built in 1957 as a junior high school and renovated into an elementary school in 2004. Hopkins Elementary was named in honor of Ellen “Nellie” Hopkins, an 1896 Moorhead High School graduate who began teaching in Moorhead in 1908. She served as first-grade teacher and principal at the First Ward School from 1910 to 1938. She was well known for her lively approach to schooling and her willingness to try innovative practices. Ms. Hopkins was dedicated to providing children of all backgrounds an excellent education. Her legacy lives on in the vison of Hopkins School: Working together for excellence in learning.