U.S. School Clothes: Hearst Grammar School (California?)


Figure 1.--This school was the Hearst Grammar school. We are not sure where it was located, but San Francisco seems a possibility. The portrait is the 7th grade B class. Grammar school in America meant primary school. (They were also called elementary or grade schools. Most wre six grades, but a few had 7th and 8th grade as well. The portrait was taken in 1909.

This school was the Hearst Grammar school. We are not sure where it was located, but New York seems a possibility. The portrait is the 7th grade B class. Grammar school in America meant primary school. (They were also called elementary or grade schools.) Most were six grades schools, but a few had 7th and 8th grade as well. Many of these children would finish their education with the 8th grade. A minority went on to high school for the 9th-12th grades. There were no tests involved, it was entirely a matter of whether the child needed to bring in an income to help support the family. The boys mostly wear knee pants or knickers suits with black long stockings. Notice the one boy wearing long pants does not wear a suit. Two boys gave their headwear. The girls mostly wear white or light-colored dresses. One girl wears a sailor dress. A reader writes, "I'm pretty sure that "Hearst Grammar School" was Phoebe Apperson Hearst Grammar School in San Francisco. P.A. Hearst was the mother of William Randolph Hearst, and one of the co-founders of the National PTA. The school was closed in 1976."







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