Historical Roots - Dr. Peter Marshall

Historical Roots

Dr. Peter Marshall School is one of nine schools in the Magnolia School District. Our doors first opened in 1957 to serve a community of predominantly single family homes in the west Anaheim neighborhood.

Dr. Peter Marshall (1902-1949), for whom the school is named, was originally born in Scotland and then migrated to the United States at an early age. He became a citizen and served his adopted country with great honor and affection after joining the ministry. In 1947, Dr. Marshall began service as Chaplain of the United States Senate and he held this office until his sudden death in 1949. His widow wrote a successful book, "A Man Called Peter," which centered on Dr. Marshall's life. The book was published in 1951 and an Oscar-nominated motion picture debuted soon after.

Our school is fortunate to have a rich archival treasury of famous paintings and photographs of Dr. Peter Marshall, as well as correspondences with this family. As the home of the Scottie Dog, Scotland's national dog and a favorite pet of Dr. Marshall, we are fiercely loyal to our school and display endless determination to succeed and achieve. Thank you to the Marshall family for helping to instill ideals of service, dedication, and perseverance.