Historical Society to Discuss Creation of Culver High


Can it be 60 plus years since the first class graduated from Culver City High School in 1953? Yes, the class often called "the first class in and the first class out" is the topic for the next general meeting of the Culver City Historical Society on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at 7 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room in the Veterans Memorial Building, 4117 Overland Ave. in Culver City.

A trip down memory lane to the early 1950s in a PowerPoint presentation will illustrate the creation of Culver City High School and how the course was set for it to become one of the foremost schools in the area. There also will be a panel featuring former teachers and administrators from those early times, which will be moderated by Drayton Marsh '53, who will also describe the beginning of the sports program.

The panel includes:

• Hank Blunt, teacher at the high school from 1951-1986

• Dorothy Boyd, office administrator during the 1960s

• BetteLyle Westbrook, teacher from 1954-1979

• Robert Johnson, teacher, 1953-1987

• Dylan Farris, currently principal of Culver City High School

Dennis Parrish, vice president of programs for the Society, will explain how earlier classes were required to go to Hamilton High as there was no high school in Culver City. The Culver Junior high school class of 1949 went on to create the senior high school one grade at a time until it became the first graduating class in 1953.

Alums and former teachers from that era have been invited to attend and add comments.

All members of the Culver City Historical Society and the public are welcome to enjoy this free program and students are encouraged to attend. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. The entrance to the Multi-Purpose Room is through the rear of the building near the parking lot, and through the Archive & Resource Center space.

For more information, please call the Society at (310) 253-6941 or inquire by e-mail at info@CulverCityHistoricalSociety.org. Also, visit the CCHS website at: http://www.culvercityhistoricalsociety.org for updates.

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