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Explore the documents and images that illustrate the development of formal public education in Pasadena.

Before the City of Pasadena was incorporated in 1886, education was paramount to the people who came to inhabit the San Gabriel Valley. The images we are exhibiting are a broad sample, illuminating what we might call a “Pasadenan Virtue.”

We trace the cultural, curricular and architectural history of education in the Pasadena School District from the mid 1870s to the late 1920s. A myriad of subjects are covered, including public and private schools, segregated and mixed classrooms, as well as traditional and experimental educational environments. Highlights include photographs of classroom life, athletic activities, social events, and school buildings, as well as academic curriculums, sports memorabilia, and excerpts from class yearbooks.

This exhibit was originally curated in conjunction with the 125th Anniversary Celebration of the City of Pasadena on June 11, 2011. If you wish to pursue more information about what you find, or have a question about obtaining these images for publication, research, or even to decorate your own home, please contact any of the respective contributing institutions: The Huntington Library, Latino Heritage, Pasadena City College, Pasadena Museum of History, Pasadena Public Library, and Pasadena Unified School District.

Roots of Education in Pasadena is a curated digital exhibition featuring photographs and objects from the partners of Pasadena Digital History Collaboration. The PDHC database currently contains over 20,000 records related to Pasadena’s history. To view and search our entire collection, please visit us at www.pasadenadigitalhistory.com.

Classroom Life

Classroom Life

56 photos

Extracurricular

Extracurricular

25 photos

School Buildings

School Buildings

37 photos