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Did you know the mascot for Grand Ridge Elementary School has a name? Meet GILMAN!

Grand Ridge Grizzly Bear Mascot

While you might recognize the name "Gilman" from a major street in downtown Issaquah, "Gilman" actually has a long history in Issaquah! 

  • The city of Issaquah was actually named "Gilman" before it was Issaquah!
  • Gilman is named in honor of Daniel Gilman, who was responsible for bringing the railroad and lots of business to the Issaquah and Greater Seattle area in the late 1800's.
  • The town of Gilman was changed to Issaquah in 1899.


Learn more about Gilman and Issaquah's history.