Our Story

Mission Statement

Our mission is to assure all Musick students regardless of race, gender, language, economic status or special needs, work towards mastery of the Common Core State Standards in a caring and enriched learning community characterized by high expectations, creativity, and a rigorous academic environment.

Our Namesake

Ephriam L Musick

Ephraim L. Musick

Born: April 2, 1878
Died: March 2, 1951

The 50 year life career of Ephraim Musick was devoted to newspaper publication and education. He was one of the first presidents of the Newark Chamber of Commerce, served as the secretary, and worked for the realization of the Dumbarton Bridge with full faith in Newark as a future industrial city.

Musick was a constant supporter of improved rural education in California and promoted the legislation for greater rural supervision. He was a master of all subjects in the school curriculum and to him, no standard was sufficient. The best trained citizen was a paramount goal in his mind.

The welfare of Newark School and every child was an important part of his daily living pattern. His sincerity and courage won him a place of high esteem in the minds of students, parents, teachers, trustees, and other associates.


Mr. Musick began teaching in California’s Del Norte County in 1899. He later taught at Healds College in Fresno, then joined the faculty of the grammar school at Newark, where he served as principal for 19 years.

In 1938 he became supervisor of education in Del Norte County. At one time, he published the Del Norte Argus in Crescent City and a paper in Boulder Creek.

During World War II, Mr. Musick was principal of the Decoto Elementary School, substituting for his son, L. W. Musick, who was serving as a lieutenant commander in the Navy.

School Dedicated: June 14, 1958

Our Mascot

The leopard is so strong and comfortable in trees that it often hauls its kills into the branches. By dragging the bodies of large animals aloft it hopes to keep them safe from scavengers such as hyenas. Leopards can also hunt from trees, where their spotted coats allow them to blend with the leaves until they spring with a deadly pounce. These nocturnal predators also stalk antelope, deer, and pigs by stealthy movements in the tall grass. When human settlements are present, leopards often attack dogs and, occasionally, people.

Leopards are strong swimmers and very much at home in the water, where they sometimes eat fish or crabs.

Female leopards can give birth at any time of the year. They usually have two grayish cubs with barely visible spots. The mother hides her cubs and moves them from one safe location to the next until they are old enough to begin playing and learning to hunt. Cubs live with their mothers for about two years—otherwise, leopards are solitary animals.

Most leopards are light colored with distinctive dark spots that are called rosettes, because they resemble the shape of a rose.