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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High school portrait (ddr-densho-359-3)
img High school portrait (ddr-densho-359-3)
Students pose for high school group photograph. Alice Kawamoto is in the 2nd row seated 9th from left; Elva Shinozaki is in the same row, 8th from right. Written on the back of the photograph is the name of each student in the order they appear in the photograph. Students unpictured are listed at the bottom.
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".
Leland school group photograph (ddr-densho-359-221)
img Leland school group photograph (ddr-densho-359-221)
Captioned "Leland School 1931".Top row, L to R: Margaret Ramsey, Viola Cunningham, Alice Kawamoto, Ella Taylor, Mrs. Williams, Roger Ramsey, Donald Nurnberg, Bill Stout; 2nd row from top: JIm Meeker, Joe Ono, Allan [last name unknown], James Semrau, Eugene Rasor; partial row between 2nd and 3rd rows: Albert Semrau, Harry Tanemura, Russell Kunz, Sydney Jensen, James …
Leland school group photograph (ddr-densho-359-208)
img Leland school group photograph (ddr-densho-359-208)
Caption written below photograph in album "Leland School 4th grade 1927". Front left back, L to R: George Chapman, Ernest Kunz, John Dyke, Dorothy Ann Kunz, Viola Cunningham. 2nd row from top: Daniel Taylor, Ben Kunz, Olive Cousins, Betty Dyke, 2 unidentified girls; 3rd row from L to R: 3 unidentified boys, Howard Matthews, Kenneth Meeker, …
Class portrait (ddr-densho-359-2)
img Class portrait (ddr-densho-359-2)
A group of students from the high school in Leland, Washington. Jeanette Kawamoto is front row, far right. She graduated valedictorian of her class. Stamped on the back "Perkins Studio 314 Crown Bldg. Second & James St. Seattle, Wash."
Portrait of a woman (ddr-densho-359-288)
img Portrait of a woman (ddr-densho-359-288)
Caption below the photogrpah in the album "Sadako Nakata Bainbridge High"
Leland School (ddr-densho-359-227)
img Leland School (ddr-densho-359-227)
A photograph of the front of Leland School from 1922.
High school senior portrait (ddr-densho-359-232)
img High school senior portrait (ddr-densho-359-232)
Yonchan Nakata, photo is signed "Sincerely, Yoshie 1931". The caption under the photograph in the album is " Yonchan" - high school graduation".
Students (ddr-densho-359-256)
img Students (ddr-densho-359-256)
Alice Kawamoto poses with Marion Kelly outside of the school. the caption on the page in the album is "Last Day of school at Quilcene".
Leland School 8th grade class (ddr-densho-359-226)
img Leland School 8th grade class (ddr-densho-359-226)
Group photograph of the 8th grade class of Leland School. Pictured from left to right Ella Taylor, Rodger Ramsay, Margaret Ramsay, Donald Numberg, Alice Kawamoto, Billie Stout, and Violet Cunningham.
High school portrait (ddr-densho-359-5)
img High school portrait (ddr-densho-359-5)
Students post for high school group photograph. Alice Kawamoto is in the 3rd row 8th from left. Elva Shinozaki is in the second from, 4th from left. Written on the back of the photograph is the name of each student with their graduation year in the order they appear in the photograph. Students unpictured are listed …
Kawamoto family photograph album (ddr-densho-359-207)
img Kawamoto family photograph album (ddr-densho-359-207)
Alice Kawamoto family photograph album includes photos covering many subjects including school classes, weddings, farming, vacations and mountain climbing.
High school graduation announcement (ddr-densho-359-9)
doc High school graduation announcement (ddr-densho-359-9)
Alice Kawamoto's high school graduation annoucement. She graduated valedictorian of her class.
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.

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.

Louise Kashino Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-31-6)
vh Louise Kashino Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-31-6)
Memories of Broadway High School: meeting many new Japanese Americans

For the first hour of this interview, an additional camera crew from KCTS Television was also present.

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.

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