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.

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Letter from Ralph F. Burnight, District Superintendent, Excelsior Union High School to the parents of the students of Excelsior Union High School, January 31, 1947 (ddr-csujad-5-200)
doc Letter from Ralph F. Burnight, District Superintendent, Excelsior Union High School to the parents of the students of Excelsior Union High School, January 31, 1947 (ddr-csujad-5-200)
A letter from Ralph F. Burnight, District Superintendent, Excelsior Union High School to the parents of the students of Excelsior Union High School addressing Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine. It informs of changes to the school transportation policy. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_02_39_001
String instruments group (ddr-csujad-25-258)
img String instruments group (ddr-csujad-25-258)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page is a photograph of a group of students performing string instruments and a flute. The photograph is probably taken in the 1920s. Location is unknown. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_09_01_053
9A Class McCarver Intermediate School (ddr-csujad-25-347)
img 9A Class McCarver Intermediate School (ddr-csujad-25-347)
A group photograph of the 9A Class students of Morton Matthew McCarver Middle School in Tacoma, Seattle. The photograph is taken by A. B. Read Photo Studio in Tacoma, Washington in front of the school building in June 1936. Inscription reads: Read A37_09. It appears that this photograph belongs to "Fusako Yoshihara." Autographed by students on …
Ukichi Taenaka, portrait (ddr-csujad-25-273)
img Ukichi Taenaka, portrait (ddr-csujad-25-273)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page is a portrait of Ukichi Taenaka in high school regalia. It was most likely taken in 1934 in Los Angeles, California. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_09_02_002
McCarver R (ddr-csujad-25-348)
img McCarver R (ddr-csujad-25-348)
A group photograph of music performers of Morton Matthew McCarver Middle School in Tacoma, Seattle. The photograph is taken by A. B. Read Photo Studio in Tacoma, Washington in front of the school building in June 1937. Inscription reads: Read a3555. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_12_010
Ukichi Taenaka (ddr-csujad-25-274)
img Ukichi Taenaka (ddr-csujad-25-274)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page are nine photographs of Ukichi Taenaka's high school graduation in 1934. Include the Hollywood Bowl, Ukichi Taenaka in high school regalia, his high school classmates, and his family members. A group photograph of the 1934 class members, including Ukichi Taenaka, is included. See this …
9A Class McCarver Junior High School (ddr-csujad-25-346)
img 9A Class McCarver Junior High School (ddr-csujad-25-346)
A group photograph of the 9A Class students of Morton Matthew McCarver Middle School in Tacoma, Seattle. The photograph is taken by A. B. Read Photo Studio in Tacoma, Washington in front of the school building in June 1939. Japanese American students are included. Inscription reads: Read A3772. See this object in the California State Universities …
Lowell School 2nd and 3rd grades (ddr-csujad-5-326)
img Lowell School 2nd and 3rd grades (ddr-csujad-5-326)
A photograph of Lowell Elementary School 2nd and 3rd graders taken on March 17, 1941. Includes Dorothy Ai Okine. A photograph from "Dorothy Ai Aoki photo album" (csudh_oki_0300), page 7. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_08_007_002
Lowell School 1st and 2nd grades (ddr-csujad-5-323)
img Lowell School 1st and 2nd grades (ddr-csujad-5-323)
A photograph of Lowell Elementary School 1st and 2nd graders taken on May 18, 1938. Includes Dorothy Ai Okine. A photograph from "Dorothy Ai Aoki photo album" (csudh_oki_0300), page 6. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_08_006_001
Lowell School 2nd and 3rd grades (ddr-csujad-5-324)
Lowell School 2nd and 3rd grades (ddr-csujad-5-324)
A photograph of Lowell Elementary School 2nd and 3rd graders taken on February 13, 1939. Includes Dorothy Ai Okine. The handwritten notes on the backside read: Dorothy Okine, Miss Ethel Stone, Grade 2. A photograph from "Dorothy Ai Aoki photo album" (csudh_oki_0300), page 6. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project …
Lowell School 2nd and 3rd grades (ddr-csujad-5-325)
img Lowell School 2nd and 3rd grades (ddr-csujad-5-325)
A photograph of Lowell Elementary School 2nd and 3rd graders taken on March 1, 1940. Includes Dorothy Ai Okine. A photograph from "Dorothy Ai Aoki photo album" (csudh_oki_0300), page 6. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_08_007_001
Henry Katsumi Fujita (ddr-csujad-23-9)
img Henry Katsumi Fujita (ddr-csujad-23-9)
Sunset Studio (Petaluma, California) portrait of Henry Katsumi Fujita upon his graduation from Petaluma High School in June 1925. He was born on July 4, 1908 in Salinas, California where his parents worked on the Spreckels sugar beet farm. He was 16 years of age when this graduation photo was taken. The portrait is signed by …
9A Class McCarver School (ddr-csujad-25-345)
img 9A Class McCarver School (ddr-csujad-25-345)
A group photograph of the 9A Class students at Morton Matthew McCarver Middle School in Tacoma, Seattle. The photograph is taken by A. B. Read Photo Studio in Tacoma, Washington in front to the school building in June 1933. Japanese American students are included. Inscription reads: Read A3102. See this object in the California State Universities …
Haruko Taenaka, friends (ddr-csujad-25-260)
img Haruko Taenaka, friends (ddr-csujad-25-260)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page are eight photographs. Include Haruko Taenaka and Caucasian female children and adults. The photographs are most likely taken in front of a school in Los Angeles, California in the early 1920s. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: …
Girls School postcards (ddr-densho-26-247)
img Girls School postcards (ddr-densho-26-247)
Envelope of postcards from different Japanese girls schools
Elementary school class (ddr-densho-34-48)
img Elementary school class (ddr-densho-34-48)
Front row (left to right): Akira Sakuma, unidentified, Masakatsu (Bear) Omoto, unidentified, unidentified, Shig Moritani, and Peter Ohtaki. Second row: Toshio Chihara, unidentified, Toshio Terashita, Masa Chihara, George Terashita, unidentified, unidentified, and unidentified. Third row: unidentified, unidentified, Yae Yamashita, unidentified, unidentified, Elsie Amatatsu, and Michi Yamashita. The teacher is unidentified.
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, Evelyn …
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.
Grade school class photo (ddr-densho-109-3)
img Grade school class photo (ddr-densho-109-3)
Fife Grade School, grades two and three. The teacher is Mrs. Corey.
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