Gilroy in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Rucker School Historical Site 1894
Education was especially important to these pioneers who had been through dreadfully tough times. They worked hard to raise $5,000 in 1894 to build Rucker School and community center. The once two story building provided the physical assurance that their children would have access to an excellent education and better life.
The 1906 earthquake damaged the bell tower. Twice in the following years the school burned to the ground. Everything gone, except this strong and solid BELL still serving today as the spirit and strength of this community and faculty. Rucker School has been known for academic enrichment through theater arts since its humble beginning. The School was unified in 1966. We are lucky as most small country schools were closed and students bussed to town.
This bell rings out clear each year on graduation day as testament to the maturity of the students through the steadfast efforts of this community and Rucker’s excellent teachers.
Mountain Charlie Chapter 1850 E Clampus Vitus
Right Wrongs Nobody
Erected 2009 by Mountain Charlie Chapter 1850, E. Clampus Vitus.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • Notable Buildings • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical date for this entry is February 20, 1914.
Location. 37° 3.224′ N, 121° 35.232′ W. Marker is in Gilroy, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker and bell are located on the grounds of the Rucker School. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 325 Santa Clara Avenue, Gilroy CA 95020, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Franklin Family Ranch (approx. 0.2 miles away); Community of San Martin (approx. 2˝ miles away); Coyote Lake – Harvey Bear Ranch County Park (approx. 3.2 miles away); Pioneering Murphy Family (approx. 3.2 miles away); Gilroy Carnegie Library (approx. 3.3 miles away); “Alcalde” (approx. 3.4 miles away); Old City Hall (approx. 3.4 miles away); Butterfield Overland Stage (approx. 3˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gilroy.
Also see . . . Wikipedia Article on “Ruckers Township”, California. (Submitted on April 30, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.)
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