Founded in 1922, Columbia is El Monte City School District\'s oldest school. Serving a long-established neighborhood in central El Monte, Columbia boasts a long list of successful alumni including legislators, members of congress, professional athletes and, of course, staff members.

More recently, EMCSD\'s last two superintendents, Mr. Jeff Seymour and Dr. Maribel GarcĂ­a, ascended to the central office from their position as principal of Columbia. In 2010, Columbia underwent a dramatic physical transformation that included the construction of a new building which houses 7th and 8th grade classrooms, a new library with two computer labs, a beautiful mezzanine for meetings, as well as an outdoor patio. Further, a new gym was erected that acts as a gathering place for the entire community for weekend sporting events, college fairs, and student competitions.