Wilkins Elementary opened in 1966 as a kindergarten through 3rd grade building, under the leadership of William Yeisley. The school is named after Clifford Wilkins who was the district’s first superintendent and principal of Indian Creek Elementary from 1964-1966 before he retired. The school was constructed on five and one-third acres purchased for $11,256 from Lloyd and Mildred Taube on 27th Street between McGowan Boulevard and 23rd Avenue in Marion.
At the same time, the city purchased land for a community park behind the school, now known as Taube Park.
In 1967, Additional classroom space was added to the east side of the building, and Wilkins became a Kindergarten through 6th-grade attendance center.
In 1999, the present gym, music and art rooms were added to the south side of the building.
In 2012, classrooms were renovated and a new main office entrance was created.
- 1966 – Wilkins constructed
- 1967 – Library, classroom rooms added
- 1999 – New gymnasium and art and music rooms added
- 2012 – Classroom renovation, entrance upgrades
Today, Principal Pam Schulz and a staff of 63 are focused on education and a positive learning experience to more than 440 students.