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Henry Mayo Newhall Auditorium (aka Hart Auditorium) at William S. Hart High School. Real photo postcard, 1950s. The auditorium opened Sept. 12, 1952, closed after the Jan. 17, 1994 earthquake, and reopened six years later.


On January 13, 1945, the California State Board of Education approved the petitions of five elementary school districts in the Santa Clarita Valley — Newhall, Saugus, Castaic, Mint Canyon and Sulphur Springs — to form the "Santa Clarita Union High School District." Two weeks later, on January 29th, local residents 1,184-7 to create Santa Clarita Union High School District. On March 9 they elected its first five-member board, and on June 2 they voted 432-2 to pass a $300,000 bond measure to build the valley's first high school on a 27-acre parcel in Newhall, 20 acres of which had been donated to the new school district.

Local historian A.B. Perkins suggested the name "Santa Clarita," or "Little St. Clare," for the new school — a diminutive form of the name given to the valley and to its river by Father Juan Crespí in 1769. However, the school's opening in 1946 came just three months after the death of its chief benefactor, cowboy actor and Newhall resident William S. Hart. And so the school, and the school district, bear Hart's name to this day (although the school board occasionally flirts with the idea of changing the district's name back to "Santa Clarita").

The five original members of the Santa Clarita Union High School District governing board were elected on March 9, 1945. They were: Tom M. Frew, Jr. and S.S. Donaldson, representing the Newhall School District; Mary Bonelli, representing Saugus; Mildred Gilmour, representing Castaic; and Charles Brown, representing Mint Canyon and Sulphur Springs. All were current members of their respective elementary school boards with the exception of Frew, who had retired from the Newhall board after serving as its president for several years.


LW2092: 19200 dpi jpeg from original RPPC purchased 2003 by Leon Worden.
HART HIGH SCHOOL 1940s-1960s

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1948 Yearbook

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Lester Dalbey 1948

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Class of 1949

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Gwen & Dean Gallion Collection 1949-50

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1949 Yearbook

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1949 Graduation

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1950

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1950 Yearbook

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Auditorium 1952

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1953 Yearbook

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Mid-1950s

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1954 Yearbook

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Joe Kapp (1955), 2005

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1956 Yearbook

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1957 Yearbook

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1958 Yearbook

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1958 Graduation Program

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1959 Yearbook

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1960 Yearbook

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1961 Yearbook

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George Harris, C.M. MacDougall, Ronald Reagan at Hart 1960s

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1965 Yearbook

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Louden Stanford, Newhall's John Muir

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