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School History

School's History

Garrett Morgan Elementary, which opened in August 2016, is named for a Kentucky native who invented and patented multiple devices. He represents the innovation, diligence, and creativity that we seek to instill and cultivate in all of our students at GME.

Morgan's inventions included a sewing machine and a breathing device to protect soldiers and firefighters exposed to toxic fumes and fire.  His safety hood, as it came to be known, is credited for the rescue of two workers trapped in the 1916 Cleveland Tunnel Explosion. Later, Morgan patented the three-light traffic signal, incorporating a warning light to alert drivers to slow down or stop. 

A head shot of Garrett Morgan