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By Jennifer A. Garey, San Clemente Historical Society

Within the Nineteen Twenties, San Clemente founder Ole Hanson anticipated a "Spanish Village" at the Pacific coast midway among la and San Diego. His urban might have streets that the traditional contours of the land. Sunny seashores and excellent weather enticed many to settle during this captivating group. recognized for its hospitality and neighborly surroundings, town grew to become host and residential to dignitaries resembling Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt and Pres. Richard M. Nixon. this day, specialist surfers, skate boarders, and small companies name San Clemente home--the ideal position for paintings and relaxation.

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While the hot San Clemente Grammar institution opened, it used to be now not instantly approved to manage schooling through the kingdom of California. urban founder Ole Hanson outfitted the varsity and deeded it to the owners of San Clemente; even though, the county college district couldn't legally function a “private” college. In an exceptional movement, a San Clemente institution District was once shaped to address the bizarre state of affairs. via 1935, enrollment had grown to 88 scholars, and the establishment used to be renamed Las Palmas institution, after the bushes in Plaza Park, around the road. The San Clemente Grammar college was once the 1st tuition in San Clemente. an aspect road and extra rooms have been finally additional, in addition to carekeepers’ rooms upstairs. the college used to be given to the town of San Clemente through Ole Hanson and his companions and was once in use by means of 1927. (Courtesy of Lois Divel. ) William Ayer and Bernice Hayward have been photographed right here as a press release in their marriage. Ayer was once San Clemente’s first engineer. Hayward, a schoolteacher from Santa Ana, grew to become the 1st schoolteacher in San Clemente, instructing out of an area domestic until eventually the San Clemente Grammar tuition was once inbuilt 1927. (Courtesy of William Ayer. ) The tackle of Bernice Hayward’s unique schoolhouse was once 157 Serra. the 1st classification started with in basic terms 5 scholars, yet attendance had elevated by the point this picture used to be taken. Many consider a gaggle who used to name themselves the “Dirty Dozen,” even if there have been in basic terms 4: Eugene (Bunny) Hanson, Lloyd Hanson, Bob Hanson, and Roy Divel. (Courtesy of William Ayer. ) a few scholars in Pauline Nedermeyer’s first- and second-grade type of 1935, pictured right here, have been Eugene Ayer, Alex Jimenez, Beverly Milner, Mary Lou Hopkins, pass Adair, invoice Morehouse, Lola Sanchez, Mrs. Nedermeyer, Doris Parker, Bona Jean Ray, Shirley Parker, Virginia Chambers, Joe Llamas, Jack Swigart, Bob Heywood, Fred Llamas, Ralph Longbotham, and Billy Ayer. (Courtesy of William Ayer. ) San Clemente Grammar School’s kindergarten category of 1953–1955 pose with instructor Minta Hill for a category photograph. because the urban grew, so did the college. because 1927, the college has had 5 reconstruction stages. In 1971 it used to be came across the 1933 earthquake had brought on structural harm, and it was firm to partly demolish the construction and reconstruct it. Officer Alex Jimenez and leader Arthur (Artie) Daneri stand in entrance of San Clemente’s first police and fireplace station at 104 Miramar, in-built the early Nineteen Forties. In 1928, while town was once included, purely officials have been at the force—Chief Forrest Eaton and Harry Comber, the motorbike officer. They operated out of a unmarried room at the most sensible flooring of the Oscar Easley construction, and the police leader shared a vehicle with the hearth leader. by means of the Nineteen Thirties, San Clemente urban corridor had taken over an latest development on Miramar and Del Mar, and the police division operated there until eventually leader Daneri and his officials helped construct the fire/police station and penitentiary at the back of town corridor on Miramar. San Clemente used to be well-known for the surf, the elements, and Bruce “Red Ryder” Crego.

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