The Isaac A. David Sr. Memorial School (IADSMS)
With the help of the late Commissioner J.C.N. Howard of Paynesville, land was acquired for constructing new buildings. Commissioner Howard also personally donated two lots. The late President William V.S.Tubman, Sr. made the initial financial contribution to the building which was renamed the Isaac A. David Sr. Memorial School in 1971.
Construction on the new building commenced in December 1969 under the leadership of the late Mrs. Victoria A. Tolbert (Chairman of the Board of Trustees), Mr. Luc Mathelier (construction supervisor), and Mr. David Gbandi (mason). The Parents-Teachers Association, under the leadership of its first and second presidents, Mrs. Clora Hamelberg (1969-1971) and Mrs. Jackie Marstiller, (1971-72), planned a series of fund-raising activities to assist with expenses. On October 25, 1970, the cornerstone was laid and in March 1971, the building was ready for occupancy.
By the end of 1972, the number of students in the preschool had so increased that it was necessary to provide larger work and play facilities. The Board decided to take another bold step to construct the Nursery-Kindergarten annex. This project was undertaken by DENSCO Construction Company operated by Mr. Amos Smith and Mr. Laurence Norman. On June 10, 1973, the building was
In 1976, the founders and parents felt the need to expand the school from Elementary level to Junior high level. This necessitated the third construction project. Construction on the junior high building began in early 1977 and by September 1977, the building was completed and ready to house the junior high school classes, which were already meeting in the elementary building.
Standing on a Firm Foundation
When the Liberian military coup d'etat occurred in April 1980, the school had graduated two classes of ninth graders. Amidst all the violence and uncertainty, the school reopened a few weeks after the coup with its dedicated group of workers. Between 1980 and 1990, tremendous changes occurred but despite all the struggles, the Isaac A. David Sr. Memorial School endured against great odds. With the dedicated leadership of the Acting Chairman of the Board, the late Hon. Leonard T. DeShield, Sr., and members, Mr. Laurence Norman, and Mr. Jonathan Harmon, the school continued to flourish with a standard of academic excellence. In 1988, ground was broken for a new library building which is now constructed.
The Isaac A. David School proudly graduated its first 12th graders ("Genesis"),
on June 23, 2011, a class of 13 students. This is yet