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Student auto classes at Polytechnic High School
Alternative Title
Valley Times Photo Collection
Dean, Gordon
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Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation and Photo Friends
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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John H. Francis Polytechnic High School opened in 1905, a satellite of Los Angeles High School. It is the second oldest high school in the city. Originally located in Downtown Los Angeles, in February 1957 Polytechnic moved to its present site at 12430 Roscoe Boulevard, in Sun Valley. Former Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley was an alumnus.
Photograph caption dated November 12, 1957 reads "Dummy car aids teaching. Darlene Tompkins, 17, sits behind wheel of 'drivo-trainer,' dummy car loaned to city schools by national insurance company to test effectiveness in teaching student drivers. Students learn manual and foot operations of car, later practice them in regular autos. Schroeder says students are taught more economically using dummy car. Instructor is Louis Bernoff. Other students, from left, are Larry Walker, 16, Don Thetford, 17, and Tom Petersen, 16." The Drivotrainer was an automobile driving simulator developed by the Aetna Insurance Company.; See images #00146845 through #00146849 for all photos in this series.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Valley Times Collection
Polytechnic High School (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Faculty
Polytechnic High School (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Students
Aetna Casualty and Surety Company (Hartford, Conn.)
Men--California--Los Angeles
Teenagers--California--Los Angeles
High school students--California--Los Angeles
Automobile driver education teachers--California--Los Angeles
Automobile driver education--California--Los Angeles
Automobile driving simulators--California--Los Angeles
High schools--California--Los Angeles
Schools--California--Sun Valley (Los Angeles)
Sun Valley (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Valley Times Collection photographs

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