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
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.
Franklin High School students (ddr-densho-182-100)
img Franklin High School students (ddr-densho-182-100)
Franklin High School. Mariko Fujioka, front row, 4th from left. Margaret Ouchi, front row, 5th from left.
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 45 (June 4, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-212)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 45 (June 4, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-212)
"Civil Rights Unit Selects JACL Leader" (p. 1), "High Schools in Seattle Will Graduate 65 Nisei at June Commencements" (p. 1)
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 47, No. 11 (September 12, 1958) (ddr-pc-30-37)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 47, No. 11 (September 12, 1958) (ddr-pc-30-37)
Select article titles: "Housing bias hits Minnesota Nisei, but public reaction comes to rescue" (p.1); "No school integration problem in Northwest, Seattleites welcome Hiroko from Kobe, Japan" (p.1); "Nisei in Canada in unique role to contribute to larger cultural pattern of their country" (p.3)
Tad Sato Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-82-5)
vh Tad Sato Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-82-5)
Memories of Ada Mahon, principal at Bailey Gatzert School in Seattle

Due to technical difficulties, this interview has audio problems in its second half.

Henry Miyatake Interview I Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-53-6)
vh Henry Miyatake Interview I Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-53-6)
Prewar education, being "indoctrinated" at Bailey Gatzert Elementary School in Seattle
George Yoshida Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-132-6)
vh George Yoshida Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-132-6)
Bailey Gatzert Elementary School: becoming more "Americanized," learning to play the harmonica in music class
Kay Matsuoka Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-48-3)
vh Kay Matsuoka Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-48-3)
Childhood memories: working on the family farm, attending school, and receiving training in Japanese culture and customs
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
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
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
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
High school graduation announcement (ddr-densho-359-9)
doc High school graduation announcement (ddr-densho-359-9)
Alice Kawamoto's graduation annoucement. She graduated valictorian of her class.
Student (ddr-densho-359-255)
img Student (ddr-densho-359-255)
A fellow student of Alice Kawamoto, Ella Taylor. The caption on the page in the album is "Last Day of school at Quilcene".
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