In the fall of 1987, three mothers searched for a school that would meet their criteria as a stimulating, engaging and heartfelt environment, where children could learn by doing. Not finding exactly what they were looking for in Boulder, Hope Morrissett, Bev Cole and Joan Lieberman founded Friends School. Their children had been in a playgroup together and they believed they could create a school that addressed the needs of children’s mind, body and spirit.
These three founding mothers decided to let their children name their school and Friends School was born. The children chose the name because the school was a place where they made friends and where they enjoyed being together every day. Although the name is the same, our school has no affiliation with Quaker Friends schools.
Our first school was in a house on Marine Street just a few blocks west of the Boulder Public Library. It was there in 170 square feet that the first eight children went to school. The founders hired a teacher and the magic began. Children created and explored with joy and curiosity. Our harvest celebration was born there, along with our Silver and Gold graduation ceremony, and many of the other traditions that Friends still celebrates.
A need for new space...
As the school grew, there was need for more space. The founding parents, with the support of Hope’s husband, Larry Gold, decided to purchase the current elementary school building at 5465 Pennsylvania Ave. At that time it was a rectangular cinderblock building. We moved into that building in 1990. It housed two classrooms, a small office, and a kitchen. The parents and the founders ran the school. They did the hiring, the repairs, the upkeep of the grounds, and managed all aspects of the school organization.