General Information

  • exterior building rainbow Welcome to the new Archibald A. Alexander Elementary School. We know that you will feel the positive learning environment right when you enter our beautiful school. Alexander is a place where every student, staff member, and community member is supported, valued and ultimately believed in. Together, we will achieve great things! 

    Archibald Alexander has a rigorous academic program where our staff members strive to provide focused academic
    instructional strategies to meet the very specific needs of our students in order to achieve academic growth and success. Our program aligns with the Iowa Core Curriculum in language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Celebrating learning and student achievement is emphasized. Our teachers are passionate about teaching and learning and truly believe that all students can learn at high levels. 

    In its first year, Archibald Alexander is just beginning to build community and start traditions. Parents will participate in our PTO, conferences, classroom engagements, family nights, daily reading, and many other school activities. 

    Respect, responsibility, relationships and pride. We have Falcon Focus that we just can’t hide! Please stop by to see our brand new learning community at Archibald A. Alexander and feel our Falcon Pride!

About Archibald Alexander

  • Archibald Alexander Born in Ottumwa, Iowa, Archie Alexander broke through two deeply entrenched barriers as a young African-American man. He was one of the first African-Americans to play for the University of Iowa football team and the first African-American to earn a degree in civil engineering degree from the UI in 1912.

    After enrolling at the University of Iowa, he played tackle from 1909 to 1911. Following graduation, Alexander worked as a foreman for a bridge-building company before going into business for himself in 1917. At the age of 26, he started his own company in 1919. He and his company partners built freeways and apartments, airfields, sewage systems, power plants and trestles. Alexander & Repass was responsible for the construction of the Whitehurst Freeway, the Tidal Basin Bridge, and an extension to the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. With his business partner, George Higbee, Alexander designed the Tuskegee Airfield and the UI central heating plant, its power plant, and a major steam tunnel beneath the Iowa River.

    In 1934, Alexander was appointed as one of a 12-member commission to investigate the social and economic conditions in Haiti. In 1946, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Engineering by Howard University. In 1947, the UI named Alexander one of 100 outstanding alumni among 30,000 graduates.  A final and interesting accomplishment in 1954, Alexander was appointed Governor of the United States Virgin Islands by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.