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 (130)

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

130 items
School Portrait (ddr-densho-325-157)
img School Portrait (ddr-densho-325-157)
School portrait of one of Hisa Nimura Horiuchi's nephews.
Fumiko Uyeda Groves Segment 35 (ddr-densho-1000-10-35)
vh Fumiko Uyeda Groves Segment 35 (ddr-densho-1000-10-35)
Schooling in postwar Seattle: a "cosmopolitan" school environment
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 62, No. 14 (April 8, 1966) (ddr-pc-38-14)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 62, No. 14 (April 8, 1966) (ddr-pc-38-14)
Select article titles: "De facto segregation in Richmond schools hit" (p. 1); "New Civil Rights Weapon" (p. 2); "Nisei-led Huck Finn outing cited as American democracy in action" (p.3); "A Sansei's Heritage" (p. 3).
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
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: ...
img "Auburn High School Graduation 1939. Jack Natsuhara" (ddr-densho-201-305)
Portrait of a Japanese American schoolboy. Caption on front: "Auburn High School Graduation 1939. Jack Natsuhara."
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 ...
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.
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