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Collection of Materials Relating to Public Education on the Palos Verdes Peninsula
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Description
Collection of materials relating to public education on the Peninsula from its beginnings in 1925 through the early 1980s. The bulk of the collection documents the period 1955-1965 and covers the unification of the school district on the Peninsula and several school bond elections.
Background
The Palos Verdes School District (PVSD) formed on January 26, 1925 as an elementary school district officially when unincorporated Palos Verdes withdrew from the Los Angeles City Elementary School District. The District began by serving 26 students from kindergarten through 8th grade in its first facility set up in two rooms above a drug store in Malaga Cove Plaza. High school students were sent out of the District to attend Los Angeles City schools in Redondo Beach. The first official school on the Peninsula, Malaga Cove School, opened in 1926 followed by Miraleste School in 1929. The school district continued to grow and, between 1955 and 1965, enrollment went from 2,285 to 13,204 students.
Extent
3 Cubic Feet 6 letter document boxes, 2 legal document boxes, 8 oversize items in flat file
Restrictions
The collection is open for research use.
Availability
Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the Local History Center for access information.