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Title
Exterior view of the Bonita Union high School serving two cities, (Lordsburg) San Dimas and La Verne, ca.1900
Date Created and/or Issued
circa 1900
Publication Information
University of Southern California. Libraries
Contributing Institution
University of Southern California Digital Library
Collection
California Historical Society Collection, 1860-1960
Rights Information
Doheny Memorial Library, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0189
Public Domain. Release under the CC BY Attribution license--http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/--Credit both “University of Southern California. Libraries” and “California Historical Society” as the source. Digitally reproduced by the USC Digital Library; From the California Historical Society Collection at the University of Southern California
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Description
Photograph of the exterior view of the Bonita Union high School serving two cities, (Lordsburg) San Dimas and La Verne, California, ca.1900. The three-story, mission-style building features multicurved gables, ornamental traceries and moldings around windows and parapets, arched windows and Spanish tiled roofs. The building has two bell towers capped with dome roofs (one on each corner on the left side of the building). A driveway circles around the façade of the building and around the building. To the left of the driveway are two newly planted trees. A hill is visible behind the building (at left).
"Bonita was organized as a result of a 1902 State Constitutional Amendment which set aside state money for high schools. The high school students met first in a vacant store building, then in the La Verne Heights School building. Since Bonita served both La Verne and San Dimas, the site chosen on Bonita and (what was then) Grand Avenue, was midway between the two towns. The first (and only building until 1920) was completed for the 1904 fall session, and opened with 2 teachers and 34 students. The first graduating class in 1907 contained only 1 graduate. In 1910 there were only 70 students and five teachers, including the principal. By 1920 there were 120 students, and by 1930 there were 350 students and 21 teachers." -- unknown author.
Type
image
Format
2 photographs : glass photonegative, photoprint, b&w
21 x 26 cm., 20 x 25 cm.
glass plate negatives
photographic prints
photographs
Identifier
chs-m6522
USC-1-1-1-6637 [Legacy record ID]
CHS-5283
http://doi.org/10.25549/chs-m6522
http://thumbnails.digitallibrary.usc.edu/CHS-5283.jpg
Subject
Bonita Union High School
High schools
Los Angeles County--San Dimas
Educational facilities
Time Period
circa 1900
Place
California
Los Angeles
San Dimas
USA
Source
1-18-46 [Microfiche number]
5283 [Accession number]
CHS-5283 [Call number]
California Historical Society [Contributing entity]
Relation
California Historical Society Collection, 1860-1960
Title Insurance and Trust, and C.C. Pierce Photography Collection, 1860-1960
USC
chs-m265

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