White Point Elementary is one of the newer schools in town and from what I’ve heard, one of the best. There must be something about developing minds and fresh ocean air. I’ve seen a couple of teachers from White Point in the historical archives a few times gathering pictures and info for a new learning center or something. The front of the school looks a little gray and drab, but check out this picture.
South Shores is a magnet school meaning they need to have an ethnically diverse student body ratio of 60% Minority to 40% White students. I am a magnet alum from different schools and I loved being a magnet kid, although an arts magnet might have been more fun than the Math and Science programs I went to. I’ve heard nothing but good things about South Shores. I’m so glad I can tell you where it is now!
There are two pre-school type programs on the grounds of Angels Gate, this playground belongs to one of them. Its a little unsettling seeing a giant building on blocks right behind a jungle gym.
Angels Gate High School used to be housed on the west side of the complex in the WWI buildings that are now scattered about the campus. They were moved to bungalows in front of the Marine Mammal Care Center to make way for the new high school. It was kind of a blessing in disguise for them because their news facility is brand new.
Point Fermin Elementary School is located on Kerckhoff between 32nd and 34th streets. I was trying to figure out when it was built by looking it up on ZIMAS, but all it could tell me was that the land it sits on got a new owner in 1967 so maybe the school was built a short time after that? From what I can tell from message boards online, Pt. Fermin is a small school environment with a brand new marine science magnet. The kids looked like they were having fun when I walked by. Except for the poor kid in the picture below. I kept waiting for him to get out of the shot, but it looks like he may have been on a time out.
Leland Street Elementary, Leland Street and Leland Park are all named for Leland Peck, youngest child of George H. Peck. I read somewhere that he was a sickly child, confined to a wheelchair most of his life. I can’t find where I read that, but census records show him and his sister Alma both still living with their father in their 40’s.
The front facades of Leland St. Elementary and Cabrillo Ave Elementary look almost identical. This is what Cabrillo’s front entry looked like when I was a student there.
Here is a picture of the new building and the new playground.
Sixteenth Street School opened in 1901. It was known as 16th Street because the main entrance faced that street. When the city was annexed to Los Angeles in 1909, the name was changed to Fifteenth Street to avoid confusion because Los Angeles already had a Sixteenth Street School. The school contained all grades, from kindergarten through high school, until the high school was built in 1904.
During schooltime the students could hear the fishing boat, The Alpha, blow its horn; the number of times would indicate how many tons of fish it had caught. The boys were allowed to carry knives and they would take off running at the sound of the hornblows and head for the docks to gut the fish, working long hours to make extra money.
On June 28, 1922, at approximately 1:30pm, electrical sparks in the attic ignited the surrounding area and created a fire that destroyed the school. The children were safely evacuated and watched their school go up in flames from across the street. The school board allocated funds for a new school the next day and the remainder of the semester was conducted in tents.
This is what the school looks like today. It is the oldest school in San Pedro, still in use.
San Pedro High School was established in 1903 and first met on the 2nd floor of the 16th Street School. The original high school building, pictured above, was located on Gaffey between 12th and 13th and opened for classes in 1906. The buildings were severely damaged by the 1933 Long Beach earthquake and a new school had to be built. The Administration and Language Arts buildings were built in 1936 as part of the Works Progress Adminstration, the largest New Deal agency (the Beacon Street Post Office was also a WPA project). The picture below is a 40’s aerial view of the young campus. Both pictures are from Joe McKinzie’s San Pedro post card history series book, available at Williams Bookstore.
The school mascot is the Pirate and the colors are black and gold.