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Hillview Junior High School, Pittsburg, CA – November 22, 2019

by George J Elbaum Hillview Junior High School is a public school with current attendance of 978 students in grades 6-8.  Its student body has very high diversity: 58% Hispanic, 22% Black, 10% Asian, 6% White, and 4% other, of … Continue reading

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San Mateo High School, San Mateo, CA – November 20, 2019

by George J Elbaum San Mateo High School (SMHS) is a National Blue Ribbon[3] comprehensive 4-year high school with a beautiful campus which opened in 1927 (see photo below).  Its attendance is 1670 students of high diversity: 44% Hispanic, 27% Asian, 19% White, … Continue reading

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Francisco Middle School, San Francisco, CA – November 12, 2019

by George J Elbaum Francisco Middle School was established in 1924, and during its more than 90 years of history has served many illustrious students, such as baseball legend Joe DiMaggio and 9/11 hero Betty Ann Ong.  Now its very … Continue reading

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Oceana High School, Pacifica, CA – November 8, 2019

by George J Elbaum Oceana High School is a small public high school in northern Pacifica, CA, with a high diversity student body of 622 students, of which 79% are minority and 34% are economically disadvantaged.  Nevertheless, it has a 4-year … Continue reading

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Licton Springs K-8 School, Seattle, WA – November 5, 2019 PM

by George J Elbaum Nine years ago, almost to the day, I told my story for the first time to young students.  It was at Seattle’s Alternative School #1 to the 7th & 8th grade classes of teacher Jo Cripps, and that … Continue reading

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Franklin High School, Seattle, WA – November 5, 2019 AM

by George J Elbaum Franklin High School (FHS) first opened its doors in 1912 as the second purpose-built high school in Seattle, and when in 1986 the city’s School Board proposed to tear down its beautiful neo-Classical building, the Landmark … Continue reading

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St. Luke School, Shoreline, WA – November 4, 2019 PM

by George J Elbaum This was the 4th time I spoke at St. Luke School in the last 8 years, and each time I truly looked forward to returning.  My key memories of the previous visits were of an inspirational teacher, … Continue reading

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