In the Summer 1911 Blue and White, Los Angeles High School provides brief descriptions of her five sister schools:
The Gardena High School is situated about half way between
old Los Angeles and San Pedro, near the "Shoe String Strip."
It is on a farm of about 14 acres. In addition to the main
building for general school work, there are two lath houses,
a cloth house, glass house, shop, mushroom house, farm house,
barn, soil laboratory, tool shed with a good farm equipment,
a modern cement irrigation system. The agricultural department
has established nurseries, an orchard, vineyard, alfalfa
field and gardens.
Hollywood High School is in many respects the most fortunate
school in Los Angeles County. Its twelve-and-one-half-acre
campus, situated but three or four blocks from the foothills,
in the heart of a beautiful suburb, and looking out upon the
valley beneath, makes a site almost ideal. Upon this campus
five large school buildings have been erected, grouped in the
This spirit is, perhaps, the best feature of the school. Our motto is: "Achieve the Honorable," and it is the constant aim of Dr. Snyder and the splendid faculty behind him to teach us, by precept and example, broader and nobler ideals of manhood and American citizenship.
"Manual Arts," the latest born of the city high schools,
at once demanded the attention of sturdy childhood. It
is a visible and significant witness of the public spirit
of the citizens of Los Angeles. In the spring of 1910,
from the royal gift of $750,000 for enlarging the school
facilities of Los Angeles, $350,000 was appropriated to build
and equip a high school in the southwestern part of the city.
The constantly recurrent miracle of eager California,
"Dreams of beauty come true in a day," is nowhere made
more magically true than in this part of our city.
New buildings are being planned and all our departments
are growing rapidly, while an athletic field is being
San Pedro High School was the last, save Hollywood, to become one of the six city high schools. Counting the date of our annexation as the year one, we are now two years old. In accordance with the imitative faculties of a child so young, we adopted many of the customs of our older sisters. Among the newly acquired customs, student government is, perhaps, the most popular. Under the direction of Mr. Clayton, this feature of our school has become one of importance. At the beginning of the year Mr. Clayton appointed a committee, known as the Board of control. Each activity of the High School is represented on this committee by one student and one faculty member. Any enterprise undertaken by any one of these activities must be presented to this Board and receive its sanction before it can be carried into effect. This organization was the nucleus out of which has grown our present system of self-government. This self-government committee consists of seven members chosen from the upper classmen, who have the power to appoint other committees to aid in the work. All matters of discipline, control of study rooms, athletic grounds, etc., are handled by this committee. This system, we think, is not essentially different from that of the other Los Angeles high schools.
Our imitative faculties are by no means destroying our creative ones, for we consider our new Marine Department sufficient evidence to create. While we are aiming to make this department the distinctive feature of our high school, yet we do not expect to sacrifice the cultural side of our high school life. A temporary laboratory is now being built on Government ground on the West channel, directly opposite Dead Man’s Island, and its location gives great opportunity for practical work and observations. Courses in woodwork, machine work, mechanical and architectural drawing, as applied to navigation and marine biology are to be arranged for in the near future.
The great object of our work is to prepare our boys to take advantage of the big thins now connected with our harbor and the great ones that are sure to come. We believe that a practical course of this kind can be carried out to better advantage here than elsewhere in the city, as the field is a natural one.
Six years ago from the Commercial Department of the Los Angeles High School was developed an institution which people called the “Great White Elephant.” Then, the question was whether or not it could be filled; now, the Polytechnic High School needs more buildings. Its graduates are found in both the business and the college world, many of whom are enrolled in the different universities of the country.
“The Greatest Help to the Many” is recognized as the
official Polytechnic motto. It is carried out in the
general curriculum and in all student activities. It
is reflected in the student organizations, the most active
of which are those that originated in the school itself:
the Self-Government Committee is the self-governing body;
the Scholarship committee assists failing student; the
board of control manages financial affairs, the entertainments
and the cafeteria; the Fire Brigade is ready to protect the
building in time of fire. Other organizations, too numerous
to mention, enjoy great prosperity at an excellent school
and we are all proud of the great and growing institution.