Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures

Newhall School, Sixth Grade, 1947
Newhall, California

Newhall Elementary School, at the corner of Walnut and Eleventh Streets, housed the first through ninth grades when this photograph was taken in 1947. Children who wished to continue their education did so at San Fernando High School until 1948, when the upper grades moved to the brand-new William S. Hart Junior and Senior High School in Newhall. Hart graduated its first group of seniors in 1949.

The teacher of this sixth-grade Newhall Elementary School class is Miss Curtain (Curtin?), seen in the center of the photograph. Judy Stevens (neé Judy Borden), who went on to teach math at Placerita Junior High School and Saugus High School from 1970 to 1996, is in the same (third) row, fifth from left. Charlie Cooke, who would become the Spiritual Leader of the local Chumash tribe in the 1990s, is in the second row, third from right.

An original listing on the reverse of this photograph from the collection of Judy Stevens identifies the children as follows:

FIRST ROW (ON FLOOR): John Sullivan, Gail S., Dennis J., Jon R., Chester H.

SECOND ROW (KNEELING): Le Roy Messer, Ronny Mills, Bob Zeigler, John Lockey, John Blake, Charlie Cooke, John Longnecker, Larry Turner.

THIRD ROW (SEATED ON BENCH): Cecilia Lopez, Valerie McGill, Mary Lou, Alice Fisher, Judy Borden, Edith Clymore, Miss Curtin, Donna Hoen, Lois Wemple, Carolyn Master, Patsy Johnson, Nadra Bruton.

FOURTH ROW (STANDING): Ralph Entriken, Bob Conners, Marilyn Thompson, Patricia Marcus, Shirley Dunlop, Jean Bechktel, Alice Wood, Marilyn Hutoon, Lei Anne Anderson, Barbara Lenox, Marie Smith, Carmalinda Daunte.

Further reading: Bygone Days Of A Town Called Newhall by Judy Borden Stevens.

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