Elysian Heights Elementary serves the communities of Elysian Heights and Greater Echo Park. Built in 1915, the school is nestled in the Elysian Heights Ravine, and its lush greenery is fed by an underground water source. Elysian Heights Elementary is part of the fascinating history of Elysian Heights and Echo Park. Author Beverly Mason served as principal for many years, and Toshi Ito, the mother of Judge Lance Ito, taught Kindergarten and first grade here at Elysian Heights.
Since the early 1900s, Elysian Heights has been home to artist, writers, architects, filmmakers, political radicals and counterculture luminaries. The Children of many of these progressives attended Elysian Heights during the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. The neighborhood surrounding Elysian Heights Elementary is also known for architecturally notable and historic homes such as the Paul Landacre House, the Klock House, the Judd-Atwater bungalows and the Ross House (Al Nozaki, the art famed director who designed the Martian War Machines George Pal’s War of the Worlds, lived there during the 1950s and 1960s.