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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School Portrait (ddr-densho-325-157)
img School Portrait (ddr-densho-325-157)
School portrait of one of Hisa Nimura Horiuchi's nephews.
Jerome T. Light Dissertation, Vol. I (ddr-densho-327-1)
doc Jerome T. Light Dissertation, Vol. I (ddr-densho-327-1)
"The Development of a Junior-Senior High School Program in a Relocation Center for People of Japanese Ancestry during the War with Japan" is Jerome T. Light's dissertation for his doctorate of Education from Leland Stanford Junior University.
Jerome T. Light Dissertation, Vol. II (ddr-densho-327-2)
doc Jerome T. Light Dissertation, Vol. II (ddr-densho-327-2)
Volume II of Light's dissertation is the appendix for the dissertation.
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.