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San Bernardino Adult School in the 1950's

Cooking class in 1950   

San Bernardino Adult Vocational School offered Cooks' Apprentice classes. 

Two women cutting a pie in 1950

Newspaper clipping of a weaving class in 1954

COMPARING FINISHED WITH THE UNFINISHED... January 3, 1954 - product is Mrs. Reba Schulte. She has just begun her rug, but is anxious to see what it will look like when she finishes, so she takes a peek at one similar to hers. The weaving course starts anew each semester-- the second one begins the first week in February.

Finished product from a weaving class in 1954

Finished Product Examined-- by Mrs. Nina Burnham, right, teacher and Mrs. Olga Haddock, Her Assistant, at the weaving class taught at Washington School.  Mrs. Burnham comes each Tuesday to San Bernardino from Baldwin Park to teach the group of city women attending the course.

Two women looking at material

"NOW I RATHER LIKE THIS DESIGN"-- So states Mrs. Marjorie Mitchner, left, as she and Mrs. Grace G. Powers plan what kind of material they are going to make next in the weaving classes.  This course is sponsored by the Department of Adult Education of San Bernardino City Schools

Newapaper photo of Drivers Education in 1955


 1955 - FRONT SEAT DRIVERS-  Donald F. Neimeyer, instructor of behind-the-wheel driving for the department of Adult Education (right); explains the operation of the dual controls in the new 1955 driving instruction car to Mrs. Ester Lungjah and Carlos Varela. Varela has a special interest in learning safe-driving practices and the laws of California. He arrived about 18 months ago from Cali, Columbia, South America, where very few people own or drive automobiles.  He hopes to make San Bernardino his home and become a citizen of the United States

Newspaper clipping of a sewing class in 1955

April 1955 -  NEW MACHINES-  Former students Ruth King (left) and Ruth Milligan (right) operate the new 251-2 industrial -type single needle machines purchased by the San Bernardino City Schools for the Adult Education garment making class. Student Laura Medin is observing

Newspaper clipping on garment makers in 1956

SEWING FOR A JOB-- MARCH 23, 1956-- Students in the Vocational School garment making classes of Mrs. Margie A Mudgett have been placed in jobs in the community on an average of about one a week since September.  The classes sponsor the Needle Fair which is set for April 24. Speaker will be William F. Hauser, Chamber of Commerce secretary manager.  In the center is Mrs. Mudgett

Newspaper clipping from 1957 Adult School graduation

This article was in the newspaper for the graduation of the The San Bernardino Evening High School and Vocational School students.  We graduated 62 High School Diploma students and 2 Vocational School Diplomas.  They also held a fashion show and an open house.  The Adult Education Chorus preformed as well.  The ceremony was held at the Pacific High School Cafetorium.

Photo at a graduation in 1957

PROUD MOMENT-- June 5, 1957,  Korean War Veteran Robert A Maddox, member of the largest graduating class in the history of San Bernardino Adult Education program, receives his diploma from Roy E. Chapman (left) President pf Board of Education.  Looking on proudly are Maddox' wife and son, Tye, 19 months.  Some 390 persons thronged Pacific High School Cafetorium to view ceremonies in which 66 were graduated.

 Grandma graduates from the adult school in 1959

GRANDMOTHER TO GRADUATE-  May 24, 1957 -Mrs. Callie I. Dennison examines the Sun-Telegram clipping of 18 years ago which inspires her quest for a high school diploma.  She is shown with (left) grandson Timmy, 11 months and son, Jay 5.  Her dream has taken 18 years of conscience work and unending patience to achieve, but her dream finally came true on June 4, 1957.  Below is her story.

Her struggle started back in 1925 when at the age of nine years, she followed the Texas crops with her parents and eight brothers and sisters. There was never much chance for us to stay in school very long at a time.  Just when we settled down to our studies  and got to know the teacher, we had to move again. Her dad was a machinist, but had to leave that type of work because his health.  Callie kept at School, when and where she could  and started to do quite well when he fathers health improved and the family settled in one spot.  When the depression hit.

Her dad was out of work and it was back to the farms for them.  Just before she was 18, she started 8th grade ; but imagine how she felt... a grown-up girl in with children half her age.  Her dream didn't fade even then.  She and her husband came to San Bernardino in 1935.  Four years later -- with two preschoolers and a stepdaughter to raise ; she started evening classes at San Bernardino Evening High School.

Her dream of having a high school diploma just wouldn't be forgotten.  She saw a story in the Sun-Telegram about the courses for adults and said, "That's for me!"  Mixed in with the 18 years of studying was a melee of family life, hobbies, special interests and hurdles which would scare even a person embarking on a three-year diploma obstacle course. 

Over a period five years she had five foster children in her home, working in cooperation with the County Welfare Dept. and in addition she makes her pin money babysitting for friends and neighbors.  She raised five sets of teenagers during her 18 years of Evening school.  All of them were relatives who came to live with her when they decided to "travel west and see the world" 

Her husband, John H. was an iron worker and had a lot of out-of-town jobs.  This meant that she had to be able to keep the house together.  A year of carpentry enabled her to patch up things for a while.  She had just finished painting her living room and modestly took credit for the original design of her home. She also learned to upholster he sofa from a school class.

Recalling the hectic school nights of the past she would within twenty minutes get supper on the table, run to the store, gas up the car, and get to school by 7:00.  Thought her husband believed a "woman's place was in the home," though he didn't mine his wife going to school.  There were times she wanted to give up on her dream, but she kept her feet planted firmly and kept at it.  Two of her three children graduated from San Bernardino High School and their youngest Jay will to in about 12 years.

Callie said, "I can't thank the Evening High School people enough for all the help and encouragement they've given me.  The two things I wanted most in life a diploma and to play the piano,  were both accomplished at the school"  What is she going to do next?  She was going to take some psychology classes at the Evening School and when she finished all the courses she's interested in there, its off to College! She always wanted to become a nurse!!! 

"It took me so long, our whole family is excited my June 4 graduation from Evening High School"

The Ferrins graduate from the adult school in 1958DIPLOMAS FOR THE FERRINS-  JUNE 5, 1958-  In the spirit of having to double up on jobs and care for a young baby, Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Fererin completed their high school work and were graduated last night from the  Adult Evening School of San Bernardino.  Infant daughter, Bobbie Louise, 1, takes refreshment while snuggled between her parents.  He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Ferrin of San Bernardino and his wife is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bone of Muscoy.  The Adult School gave out 99 diplomas for Evening High School and Vocational School.  The Ferrins met at the Evening High School and fell in love.  She was 16 and he was 17.  They both had to quit to take care of their new family.  They went back to evening High School as they both wanted their High School Diploma.  He had to work two jobs to support his family.  So during this past year, he worked 70 hours a week and they both attended night school 15 hours a week, while her parents watched the baby.  They both received their High School Diplomas at the ceremony.

 Two ladies making a lamp shade in 1958

EASY WHEN YOU KNOW HOW-  October 1958-  Mrs. Phillip Allred, left, explains the rudiments of lampshade making to Mrs. James H. Inman as she prepares to begin instruction in two classes in the coming week.  One group, set for Tuesday mornings, will meet at the Waterman Gardens Recreation Hall and the other will meet Wednesday evenings at Rialto Junior High School.

Photo of people making things for Santa Claus Inc in 1959

November 14, 1959  SEW FOR SANTA INC. - These women are putting the finishing touches on the more than 1,500 boys' shirts, girls' blouses and dresses the vocational sewing classes are making at San Bernardino High School for Distribution by Santa Claus Inc. Left to Right, Mmes. Florence Reese, Margie Madgett (instructor) and Willie Mae Byrd, Fay F. Tinker, coordinator of Vocational Education, looks on.

Adult School Christmas Party in 1959

                                            1959 Christmas 

Jane Bell- Principal, Ruth Anderson-Secretary (Redlands),               
Jackie Thomas-Clerk, Annabelle Karst-Clerk (Redlands),                
Linda-Secretary, Fay Tinker-Voc Ed., Edward Fisher-Director,        
La Rae Strange Harper- Clerk (Redlands)                                        
Clarence Sorenson-Voc Ed Director,  Betty Burton-Financial Clerk

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