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Palo Alto in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Mayfield School

Mayfield School Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, November 20, 2015
1. Mayfield School Marker
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Inscription.  Mayfield's first school built in 1855 it was a two-room log cabin which was soon outgrown. Mayfield later built two new schools to serve the increasing population of young people and even offered some adult education in mathematics. In 1923, on the site of these playing fields, construction began on "Mayfield's finest public building," the new Mayfield grammar school designed by architect Henry C. Smith. The Japanese Association of Mayfield did the landscaping. Students from Walter Hays School helped as safety patrol until Mayfield students could be trained to assist - in crossing the "dangerous state highway," today's El Camino Real. The community took pride in the beautiful Spanish Colonial style school building which was in use as an elementary school until 1966. From 1966 to the 1980's, the building housed a variety of educational programs. Mayfield School was demolished in 1982, due to seismic concerns and school population shifts.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education. A significant historical year for this entry is 1855.
Location. 37° 25.414′ N, 122° 8.641′ W. Marker
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is in Palo Alto, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker can be reached from El Camino Real (Highway 82), on the right when traveling south. Marker is located at the parking lot of the Stanford – Palo Alto Community Playing Fields located at the corner of Page Mill Road and El Camino Real. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2634 El Camino Real, Palo Alto CA 94306, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Town and Gown (within shouting distance of this marker); The Crossroads of Mayfield (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Play Ball! (about 300 feet away); Uncle Jim’s Cabin (about 700 feet away); Herring Box School (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Herring Box School (approx. ¼ mile away); Homesite of Sarah Wallis (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Gordon Hampton Oak (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Palo Alto.
Also see . . .
1. Mayfield School Student Photos. Gathered from the Palo Alto Times (2/19/24, 6/1/25, 6/9/66, and 6/24/69) and also from information on the cornerstone. Photos are from the Palo Alto Historical Association Guy Miller Archive. (Submitted on November 23, 2015.) 

2. Mayfield School. Ground was broken for the school in June 1923. Citizens had voted bonds in the sum of $72,000 to finance construction,
Mayfield School Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, November 20, 2015
2. Mayfield School Marker
This marker is the one seen in the foreground.
although actual cost is usually given as $66,489. Stanford University gave the land on which the Mayfield School was built. It included eight classrooms, offices, and an auditorium which would seat 750 people.
(Submitted on November 23, 2015.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 23, 2015, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 484 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 23, 2015, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.

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