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Century-Old Bell Installed At Future Home Of San Diego School

The Urban Discovery Academy's new 1,100-pound cast iron bell placed on 14th street just before it was hoisted into the school's new bell tower, May 18, 2015.
Matthew Bowler
The Urban Discovery Academy's new 1,100-pound cast iron bell placed on 14th street just before it was hoisted into the school's new bell tower, May 18, 2015.

Century-Old Bell Installed At Future Home Of San Diego School
The Urban Discovery Academy will move its school to 14th and F streets in downtown San Diego in September. The school accepted a $30,000 bell on Monday.

The site of a future downtown San Diego K-8 elementary school is looking and sounding a lot more like a school.

Urban Discovery Academy officials on Monday installed a century-old, 1,100-pound bell into its Angels Bell Tower.

The $30,000 bell, which was donated by school trustee Edward Abeyta, was installed at the charter school's future home on 14th and F streets.

“The bell tower represents our value of education and preparing our next generation to be great stewards of our ever-changing world,” Abeyta said.

The new school, which will open in September, will offer students a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics or S.T.E.A.M.-based education.

School officials said the new campus will be designed to strengthen project-based education and to put the arts back in the classroom.

“It’s one thing to have buildings but it’s another to bring in the culture and the rich integration of families for an overall ecosystem for what makes a good downtown,” Abeyta said.

The bell will be named in honor of Abeyta’s mother, LaMorah Abeyta. The school is currently located at 730 45th Street.