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Site of the First Public School in California

 
 
Site of the First Public School in California Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, January 29, 2012
1. Site of the First Public School in California Marker
Inscription.
This marks the site of the first
public school in California

Erected in 1847 — Opened April 3, 1848

This commemorative marker was erected
in 1957 by the Grand Lodge of Free
and Accepted Masons of the State of California
California Historical Landmark 587

 
Erected 1957 by California Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons. (Marker Number 587.)
 
Location. 37° 47.676′ N, 122° 24.327′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Clay Street and Walter U Lum Place. Click for map. The marker is located in the southwest corner of Portsmouth Square. Marker is in this post office area: San Francisco CA 94108, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Portsmouth Plaza (within shouting distance of this marker); Andrew Smith Hallidie (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of San Francisco’s First Book Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Raising of the American Flag (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of the Jenny Lind Theatre and San Francisco City Hall
Carved into the monument above the marker is a representation of the school. image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein
2. Carved into the monument above the marker is a representation of the school.
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Home of Benjamen Chinn (about 300 feet away); California Star (about 300 feet away); The Birthplace of a Great City (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in San Francisco.
 
Also see . . .  Early History of San Francisco Schools. The Virtual Museum of San Francisco presents Will C. Woods' September 1925 article (for the Diamond Jubilee edition of The Bulletin) on the history of public education in California. On the founding of the first public school shortly after the closing of the nearby private school: "... To forestall a lapse in education, the ayuntimento, or town council, late in 1847, erected a one-room school house on the town plaza, now Portsmouth Square. The school was under public control, but was supported almost entirely by tuition fees. The school opened in April 1848, with Thomas Douglas as teacher, but it was ill starred. Word soon came from up the river that gold had been discovered at Coloma and Mr. Douglas, singularly thoughtless of his little flock of children, deserted overnight to seek his fortune in the 'diggin’s.'" (Submitted on March 29, 2012.) 
 
Categories. Education
 
Site of the First Public School in California Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, January 29, 2012
3. Site of the First Public School in California Marker - wide view
The marker is located in Portsmouth Square, the historical heart of the city.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 539 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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