Historic Pieces Around SSPPS

  • Center CourtCenter Court

    The Center Court was removed from the floor of the old high school gymnasium during a 2014 construction project. The construction demolished the old gym replacing it with classrooms, an activity room, printshop, document storage space and modernized theater work rooms.

    Center court dates to 1922 and hangs outside the competition gym.




     George Gru Stained Glass George Gru Stained Glass

    The school district has four pieces of stained glass designed by George Gru. Each piece features a representation of an American Indian and pays homage to South St. Paul’s earliest residents, the Kaposia Sioux band. George drew his inspiration for the design from the covers of Kaposia yearbooks that often featured American Indians.

    The faces were painted on glass by George’s friend, artist Paul Kramer.

    The pieces are installed at Kaposia Education Center, South St. Paul Secondary, and on the exterior of the district office building.


    "The Playground" oil on canvas by Paul Kramer

    Paul Kramer  1919-2013
    Paul Kramer was a prominent Minnesota artist, gallery owner, and teacher. He began his business career as a sign painter in South St Paul. The painting was dedicated to Gertrude Lamb. Gertrude was a fourth grade teacher at Lincoln School. She passed away in 1956.


    Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial

    Paul Kramer 1919-2013
    The memorial honors students of South St Paul high school who died in the armed services. The memorial was dedicated on October 9, 1994.


    Acosta PaintingsAcosta Paintings

    Mr. Acosta was commissioned to work with Lincoln Center students in idea development and in the painting of two art pieces. The mural that hangs in the school office represents the diversity of people who come together to learn and grow.

    The mural that hangs in the entrance to the school’s cafeteria references who we are as IB learners. At the heart of this work is the IB Learner Profile: 

    • Inquirers
    • Knowledgeable
    • Thinkers
    • Communicators
    • Principled
    • Open-Minded
    • Caring
    • Risk-takers


    Lincoln Center Mosaics

    IB Mosaic

    PYP Mosaic Minnesota: Minnesota and our Primary Years Program (PYP) school specifically represents our home for learning.

    Bienvenidos: Bienvenidos means welcome in Spanish. This piece highlights second language development; a critical part of PYP work. It honors our families that speak languages other than English.

    PYP World: The PYP World represents the transdisciplinary learning that is central to being an International Baccalaureate school. Who we are on the planet, beginning with who we are at home, helps us understand our world and our roles for positive action.

    Over 400 of our students placed the mosaic pieces. The two larger pieces were built in place, with students standing on risers so that they could reach.

    Bienvenidos Funding for this project was provided by the South St. Paul Educational Foundation.

    Angie Joy Talle - Artist in Residence
    Sherry St John - Art teacher
    Elizabeth Rozak - Art teacher

    Signing of the ConstitutionSigning of the Constitution

    This picture was presented to the Junior High School in 1955 by Marian Stassen, eighth grader, on behalf of the Harold Stassen family. The picture had been given to Harold Stassen by Admiral Chester A. Nimitz on the occasion of his retirement from the U.S. Navy.




    Stan Kostka’s Gopher 1934 Football JerseyStan Kostka’s Gopher 1934 Football Jersey

    Stan Kostka 1913 - 1997

    Stan played full back on the first of five of Bernie Bierman’s national championship Gopher football teams in 1934. Stan led the powerhouse Golden Gopher running attack with nine touchdowns. His 532 yards rushing was second on the team to Pug Lund. He was an All-American selection at fullback in 1934 and his face appeared on Wheaties boxes.

    In 1935, Stan set off a bidding war for his services in the pro ranks. He signed with the NFL’s Brooklyn Dodgers for $5,000, a salary higher than the leagues established stars were receiving. In 1936 the league established the first draft to keep rookie salaries from rivaling those of their established stars.

    Stan was a 1931 graduate of South St. Paul High School.


    Charlie Brown

    The Charlie Brown statue was donated to the school district by Greg Schouweiler. For many years Charlie greeted customers in the lobby of Pro Pharmacy. When Greg closed the store in 2015 Charlie moved to the lobby of Kaposia Education Center and today greets elementary students as they begin their school day.