Welcome to Richard O. Jacobson Elementary!

Photo of Principal Young running in a marathonMy name is Mark Young and I remain excited, proud and humbled to have served since July 1, 2017, as the principal here at Jacobson. 

We serve over 400 students from pre-school through 6th grade and are proud of our diverse student body.  I was raised in North Iowa and have lived most of my adult life here. Both my parents were educators and life-long learners, products of the great depression who believed that each of their three sons would grow up in a world better than the one that they experienced but who shared their beliefs in hard work, honesty and integrity.  Above all, they provided me with an abiding respect for all people, especially those who came from different backgrounds, cultures and beliefs.  

My wife Lorrie and I have been married 38 years and raised 8 (now adult) children.  Briefly empty nesters, we are starting over with two more children who have blessed our home, so I bring a renewed insight into the impact that modern education has on young children. 

I enjoy reading and baseball and, after rediscovering running at the age of 54, began competing in races around the Midwest.  Since my first marathon in Des Moines in 2014, I have completed a total of eight marathons in the past four years.   

We are justifiably proud of our school so if you would like to learn more about our school, please stop by and say hello. I am always excited to talk about our school, our staff, and most importantly, our students.  Go, Broncos!

Principal Mark Young

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