Public schools

Nisei (second-generation) children attended public schools alongside children of other races, although schools in Nihonmachi (Japantown) neighborhoods were overwhelmingly Japanese ethnically. Since Japanese was usually spoken at home, many Nisei learned to speak English in public school. In Seattle, people fondly remember the Bailey Gatzert elementary school whose white principal remained in touch with her students after they were taken to the camps. The Japanese Americans who would have graduated from high school and college in spring 1942 were removed to camps before they could complete the year and attend commencement.

Public schools (79)

Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
Gentlemen's Agreement, McKinley High School

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Pacific Citizen, Vol. 47, No. 14 (October 3, 1958) (ddr-pc-30-40)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 47, No. 14 (October 3, 1958) (ddr-pc-30-40)
Select article titles: "School desegregation order of high court hailed by JACL" (p.1); "Two held for death of Chicago Nisei, police admit delay for medical help" (p.2)
Takashi Matsui Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1008-4-3)
vh Takashi Matsui Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1008-4-3)
Comparing education in the United States and Japan

Members of the National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) arranged for and conducted this interview in conjunction with Densho.

Ayako Murakami - Masako Murakami Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-63-6)
vh Ayako Murakami - Masako Murakami Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-63-6)
Attending Bailey Gatzert Elementary School and the Japanese language school in Seattle, Washington
Masao Watanabe Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-103-7)
vh Masao Watanabe Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-103-7)
Attending Central grammar school and Broadway high school, Seattle

At the time this interview was taped, Mr. Watanabe was recovering from a recent series of cancer treatments.

Shigeko Sese Uno Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-98-5)
vh Shigeko Sese Uno Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-98-5)
Bailey Gatzert Elementary School, performances at the Nippon Kan Theatre
Roosevelt Grade School third grade rhythm band (ddr-densho-62-6)
img Roosevelt Grade School third grade rhythm band (ddr-densho-62-6)
Edith Watanabe is the triangle player in the bottom left corner. She doesn't remember anything about being in that band. Top row, L to R: Herbert Miller, Norman Grimbly, Claude Young, Helen Reed, Willie Sue Young, Billie Stinchey, June Elstead, Elsie Ovenall, Jack Stinchey, Louise Neff, Milton Reed. Middle row, L to R: Helen Lay ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 69, No. 22 (November 28,1969) (ddr-pc-41-48)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 69, No. 22 (November 28,1969) (ddr-pc-41-48)
Select article titles: "Medallions, Hosokawa books presented at White House 'first'" (p. 1); "Depper appreciation of American heritage urged for new Guidelines" (p. 1); "Racist comment on Japanese by S.F. United Crusade executive protested" (p. 1); "Seattle Issei in Central Area seek help, hurt by inadequate insurance" (p. 4).
Tacoma, Washington's Central School (ddr-densho-109-87)
img Tacoma, Washington's Central School (ddr-densho-109-87)
At the time this photograph was taken, the school was segregated.
Class portrait (ddr-densho-325-218)
img Class portrait (ddr-densho-325-218)
Class portrait from 1940. Sumito Horiuchi is pictured in the last row third from the left. Hisa Nimura is pictured in the front row second from right.
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 47, No. 12 (September 19, 1958) (ddr-pc-30-38)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 47, No. 12 (September 19, 1958) (ddr-pc-30-38)
Select article titles: "JACL hails desegregation rule" (p.1); "PC column on claims makes 'Congressional Record'" (p.8)
Takashi Matsui Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-45-10)
vh Takashi Matsui Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-45-10)
Comparing education in the United States and Japan: military focus in Japan
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