Ed Rice, namesake of Rice Elementary School, passes away

Poudre School District is sad to share that Edgar Rice, the namesake of Rice Elementary School, recently passed away. 

Mr. Rice was a devoted educator who dedicated more than three decades of his life to serving PSD students and families. His 32-year tenure at the district included positions at the former LaPorte High School, Wellington Middle School, Rocky Mountain High School, and Poudre High School – where he served as principal until his retirement in 1992. 

It was the district’s great honor to name Rice Elementary School after Mr. Rice in 2007 when the school opened in Wellington, the town where Mr. Rice was born and raised.

Former Poudre High School Principal Sandra Lundt knew Mr. Rice from her time as a student in his student council class at Poudre and then again as a colleague when she returned to PSD as an employee. She served as Mr. Rice’s assistant principal during his time as principal at Poudre High School.

Mr. Rice made the school feel like a family, she said.

“Students were the most important thing to him,” Lundt said. “He was very kind and incredibly positive. He always saw the best in people.”