Above is an old postcard photo of El Dorado High School. This is the school my sisters and I attended. Most of it was torn down in 1974 and a more modern building was put up in its place. I guess it was about time, since when I was attending vines grew into the upstairs classrooms through the windows, and the roof leaked. And those were only the problems that we noticed as students. Who knows what was going on with the foundation? But we loved that old school, and still miss it.
Before our high school that we miss so much was built this old school above was the high school. It looks like another beautiful old building. It was located on Clay Street in Placerville. You can see the long line of steps stretching up to the building from Clay Street. I believe at least part of the steps are still there. The steps were a gift from a graduating class. Oh to be young and have the ability to climb all those steps! Notice all the great old houses to the bottom right of the school. There are only two that still exist.
This is the old Placerville Grammar School which used to stand on Cottage Street. An elderly friend of mine in Kelsey was once a student there. There is an empty lot now where it once stood. Later another grammar school was built close by, which has also been torn down and now apartments take its place.
Not to forget, as the children ready themselves for school, gathering their backpacks and lunch money, so are the teachers, principals, bus drivers and such. Don't we all have fond memories of our favorite teachers? My youngest granddaughter, who started at a new-to-her school (Indian Creek) last week after the closing of her former school (Charles Brown) was happily surprised to find she had the same teacher she had in kindergarten. This teacher collects hats and wears a different one every day. She sounds like fun. I am glad that there is someone familiar for Ashlynn to bond with in a new environment.
This photo is captioned Placerville School House Photo 1865. I do not know where it was located. I love to look at the photos of the children as they proudly pose with their teachers in their best or next-to-best clothes.
Here is another photo of the Placerville Grammar School which was on Cottage Street. A much bigger bunch of students than attended the last school.
A closeup of the group in front of the grammar school. The clothing and hats change over the years, but not the expressions. There are still the cut-ups, the eager ones, the bored...
Hey, let's get this photo taking over with, I have my bat and we want to play ball!
I am ending this with a short trip out to the Coloma and Lotus area. This is the Lotus School House, which actually is still standing. In the 1960s it was used as an art studio/gallery, and now is a private residence. I have always wanted to live in an old schoolhouse.
This is a photo of the interior of the Coloma Schoolhouse which is also still existing. It had a run-in a while back with a logging truck which failed to make the sharp turn to the left, and needed some repairs. In the 1960s this school was used as an antique shop.
Well, here are a bunch of eager school children gathered at the door of the Coloma School, anxiously awaiting their first day of school. I love the cute little overalls and drop-waisted dresses.
Good luck to all of you starting out to school today. I hope you like your teachers and enjoy learning. But I am so sorry you have to go to school in summer!