Daniel E. Lewis Middle School originally opened in 1995. The school was named for Mr. Daniel E. Lewis, a former teacher in the Paso Robles School District. Mr. Lewis (1905-2004) emphasized the importance of his three R's - respect, responsibility, and reliability.
A Tribute to Daniel Ellsworth Lewis
Daniel Lewis was born in Paso Robles on October 20, 1905. He was proud to be one of the original Paso Robles Bearcats, graduating from Paso Robles High School in 1924. He participated in music and lettered in many sports.
He attended Chapman College in L.A. where he served as student body treasurer and lettered in football and basketball. (In more recent years he was a huge Lakers fan, and in fact watched their game a few hours before his death.) Musically, he toured as a member of a summer concert company, singing in a male quartet and featured as a marimba soloist. This led to work at Paramount Studios in the early days of sound motion pictures.
After post-graduate studies he owned the Lewis Variety Shop in Berkeley, where he met Louise Stanley. Soon after his marriage to Louise in 1941, World War II began and he entered the United States Army, attended Officer Candidate School and became a second lieutenant. He served as an anti-aircraft weapons instructor and rose to the rank of captain. He proudly served his country in Okinawa.
After the war, Dan and Louise returned to Paso Robles where he was employed as a 7th grade teacher for 25 years, at what is currently Bauer Speck School. His hobbies included music, creative writing, photography, and gardening.
Dan was very active in the Christian Church. He was a charter member of the Historical Society; and founding member of the California Retired Teachers Assoc. and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10965. He was Pioneer Day Grand Marshall in 1985 and honored as Roblan of the Year in 1995. The one honor he was most proud of was when he became a “Living Legend” in 1995 at the opening of the Daniel E. Lewis Middle School. The Dan Lewis 3 R’s – Respect, Responsibility and Reliability are principles he taught by example.
Dan’s gift to the community each Christmas was his beautifully lighted and decorated Victorian home. Dressed in Victorian Garb, he loved greeting and entertaining all passersby.
Dan will be remembered as an athlete, musician, entertainer, soldier, educator, civic volunteer, public speaker, Christian and great American.
Q: Currently, how many staff members are at LMS?
A: Over 70 staff members!
Q: How many original teachers are still here?
A: There are 4 original teachers still working at LMS.
Q: Which Lewis teachers went here when it was an elementary school?
A: Mrs. Macklin and Mrs. Anderson.
Q: What are Lewis’ colors?
A: Red, White, Black
Q: What year did Lewis open?
Q: Who was the founding principal at LMS?
A: Mr. Wayne Peterson
Q: Why did Lewis open?
A: Flamson was too large with 1,250 students.
Q: Which 4 teachers, that opened the school, still teach here?
A: Mr. Scribner, Mrs. Anderson, Mrs. Ring, and Mrs. Macklin
Q: Who got to choose the leopard mascot?
A: The first students who attended LMS.
Q: Who was our school named for?
A: Mr. Daniel E. Lewis, who was a Paso teacher.
Q: How many principals has LMS had?
A: Four. Mr. Peterson, Dr. Oyler, Mr. Hamill, and Mrs. Haley
Q: Which year was the gym built?
A: Fall of 2001.