History of Goldsmith-Schiffman Elementary School
Goldsmith-Schiffman Elementary School is located approximately twelve miles east from the center of Huntsville, Alabama in the Big Cove area.
According to researchers, early “hunters and gatherers” came to the area thousands of years ago. They were followed later by members of the Cherokee and Chateau Indian tribes who lived nearby. The Indians camped at the nearby Goldsmith-Schiffman Wildlife Sanctuary during both the hunting and fishing seasons, preparing their fish and game in open fire pits near the river banks. It was the Indians who gave the river its name, “The Flint,” because of the flint stones found there.
The Goldsmith-Schiffman or Big Cove area began as a rural farming community. During the 1990’s the population in the area grew to the point that an elementary school was constructed named Hampton Cove Elementary School on the north side of Highway 431. Over the course of fifteen years, the population continued to grow to the point that a new elementary was needed to accommodate the number of students in the area. As a result, Goldsmith Schiffman Elementary School originated in August 2010 while under the same roof as Hampton Cove Elementary as the new campus was completed.
On January 4, 2011, the doors of Goldsmith-Schiffman Elementary officially opened in its new building, and currently serves families south of Highway 431.