in Los Angeles in the 1930s

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268838
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948860 | DOI:

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This chapter discusses the history of education in Los Angeles. After the American Occupation in 1847, the Los Angeles area had few schools. Education had no part in the colonization policies of the Spanish or Mexican governments. With the American Occupation local public education really began. Wherever he settled, the American pioneer installed “the little red schoolhouse” and the cradle wherein modern California had its birth. At the beginning of the twentieth century the Los Angeles school system was not only adequate but well financed. Commercial and industrial activity, moreover, steadily increased the demand for semiprofessional training. The general public school system expanded rapidly after that point. In 1929 the first junior college was opened on the old campus of the local branch of the University of California, which in that year became the University of California at Los Angeles with a campus at Westwood. In 1938 there were approximately 400 public schools in the Los Angeles school district, ranging from kindergartens to a city college.

Keywords: Los Angeles; education; public schools; colleges; University of California at Los Angeles

Chapter.  2817 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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