Thorn Road Bible School

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Drawing by Charles Williams circa 1927

In 1926 the First Presbyterian Church of Oakland approved the plans to build a Bible School in the Montclair District of Oakland.   The building was to cost about $25,000.  It became necessary due that they had outgrown the temporary accommodations at the school. They grew from seven children in January to eighty in July.

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The first students at Thorn Road Bible School  at Montclair Grammer School circa 1926

Thorn Road Bible Students circa 1926

In June of 1927, it was announced that the school would be open for four weeks during summer vacation.

Oakland Tribune June 1927

The 1920s showed major growth in Montclair and the bible school started having Sunday services for the residents of the area.   They held Easter Services up on Skyline Dr and festive Christmas services.

 

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Sunrise Service c 1926 

Sunrise Service and Christmas circa 1928

 

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Members of Thorn Road Bible School circa 1928

In 1930 Montclair Presbyterian Church was organized with 90 Charter Members.

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Oakland Tribune April 05, 1930

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Oakland Tribune April 05, 1930

In 1938 they built a new Chapel which was there until they built the present complex in the mid-1960s at  5701 Thornhill Drive.

Oakland Tribune 1936 and 1938

The Chapel as it looked in 1940

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