The History of Casimir
Casimir Middle School opened with the name of North Torrance Elementary School in 1950, just three years after the establishment of the Torrance Unified School District. It opened with 464 students. The property, 9.8 acres, was purchased in 1949 for $24,000.00. Construction costs at that time were $422,000. Additions were made in 1974 and 1998. There are 12 buildings with 33 classrooms.
The school originally was established to serve the needs of Kindergarten through 8th grade students for most of North Torrance. But, as the “Baby Boom” continued through the 1950’s, the school district constructed more schools to meet the demand. One of those schools was a new high school to serve the North Torrance area. North High School opened in 1955 as the second high school in the Torrance District. The similarity in names caused confusion, and in 1957, the North Torrance School changed its name to Casimir Elementary School. The new name came from the street location.
Casimir Elementary School reached a peak enrollment of 1,218 students in 1958. As enrollment decreased in the late 60’s and early 70’s, Casimir Elementary School changed from a K-8 school to a middle school in 1974.
Casimir was first honored as a "California Distinguished School" in 1992.
Source: "The History of Torrance Schools 1890-2000" by Thomas Rische, Ph.D.