This is the ninth in a series of posts on Oakland Schools. I intend to show Then and Now pictures of the schools, along with a bit of history of each school. Some of the pictures are in the form of drawings, postcards or from pages in historical books.
Not all schools will be included in this series. Sometimes I might just post a picture of the school.
Updated Dec 17, 2019
Montclair Grammar School
The Montclair District held formal dedication ceremonies their first school on March 14, 1926. The ceremony under the direction of A.R. Romer the principal and Mrs. J.D. Bishop the teacher in charge of the 71 students already registered to attend the the school.
The four room school house was built with funds from the building program funded by a $9,000,000 bond issues voted by the people of Oakland in 1924.
In attendance were Mrs. Stanton Lore representing the Montclair Women’s Club and Mrs. E.T. Jepsen of the Piedmont Avenue PTA
The original building of brick with tile roof was later considered an earthquake risk and razed in 1936. They used portables for many years.
The new school building was dedicated in 1942, with nine classrooms, an administrative suite, an arts and crafts room, a PTA room and a Library, was created. In 1947, a Cafeteria and Assembly Hall were added.
Montclair is located 1757 Mountain Blvd., Oakland.
2013, a new building was added to the campus which houses a new Multipurpose Room, new classrooms, a faculty lounge, and a living roof. A new learning garden and play structure was also added to the campus.
- Montclair Website – OUSD
Thornhill Elementary School
Plans for a new school in the Montclair District were drawn up by local Montclair residents Robert “Bob” Goetz and Jens Hansen in association with Confer and Willis.
The site on Thornhill Drive at Alhambra was acquired through condemnation proceedings. The court awarded $48,000 to the land owner, Alice Taylor
The school was to be ready in September 1958 and will have an administration office s, multipurpose room, library, 11 classrooms and a kindergarten room.
Dedication – November 12, 1958
The school is located at 5880 Thornhill Dr, Oakland
Joaquin Miller Elementary School
Bid were taken in November 1949 for the New Joaquin Miller Elementary School on Ascot Drive in the Montclair.
In January of 1950 Judith Lowe, 12 daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lowe had the honor of being the first graduate of the school – she was the only one. She was the lone pupil in high sixth grade.
The school is located at 5525 Ascot Drive.
Joaquin Miller Today
- Joaquin Miller website – OUSD
Updated Nov 28, 2019