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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.
2 photographs : glass photonegative, photoprint, b&w 21 x 26 cm., 20 x 25 cm. glass plate negatives photographic prints photographs
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
Bonita Union High School High schools Los Angeles County--San Dimas Educational facilities
California Los Angeles San Dimas USA
1-18-46 [Microfiche number] 5283 [Accession number] CHS-5283 [Call number] California Historical Society [Contributing entity]