Thursday, February 28, 2013

Pool in a School

Sierra Madre Elementary School

I heard a really interesting story recently.  Sierra Madre Elementary School was built in 1931, and there was a beautiful pool in the building in the early years, in an area that at some point housed a Kindergarten classroom.  (I'm not sure if the Kindergartners were always in the "pool room," but they ended up there eventuarlly.)  The Kindergartners were just told to just stay away from the pool.  And they did.  Unfortunately, at some point, the Powers That Be decided to take out the pool (which was quite beautiful, because that's how things were done in those days).  They used the area for offices and then later the space became a Kindergarten again.  From what I can remember being told at some point, this round room at the west end of the school has a Kindergarten classroom.  So, I'm guessing this is where the pool once was.  A pool in a school.  Cool.

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  1. oh wow, can you imagine a pool with kindergartners around...scary! but i guess they were just better behaved then!
    about snow days, i still don't really understand how they work either. we are allotted about 10 a year. they announce school closing on the news and you can look online or get texts/phone calls. i receive a phone call in the morning when they announce a closing or a delay. sometimes they call it the night before, depending on when the bad weather starts. we have a bunch of days off through-out the year that are considered "snow make-up days" so for each snow day, we have to make it up. but also we have a few freebies!

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    1. I think they were! Funny, huh?

      Interesting - I'd be confused all the time! :)

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  2. I wonder how they supervised those kiddos? But I agree with Tanya, they must've been more well-behaved then! I do recall swimming lessons via school in 3rd or 4th grade (at the local Y or community pools) so I can see this happening in warm areas!

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    1. I thought the same thing that you and Tanya did.

      My elementary and high school were both near the city park. I remember that the high school used the pool, but I don't remember through the elementary school. Warmer areas are definitely more conducive!

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  3. It looks like it was the pool. I'm picturing something like they have at Hearst Castle.

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    1. From what I'm told, it had beautiful tile work, and I pictured a Hearst Castle-type thing, too. So sad that they completely took it out, rather than just covering it over...

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  4. A cool pool school rules. As a kid, a pretty elementary school seemed almost like Disneyland to me -- full of wonderment. Come to think of it, that's still the case.

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    1. I laughed out loud when I read that. Like a big fool. :) I agree with you, and feel that sense of wonderment every time I see Sierra Madre Elementary. I've never been inside. Would love to, though.

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  5. What a great California building. Beautiful design. Some where there must be a picture of that pool!!! Love the light you got here and the whole setting.

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    1. Thanks, LOL. It was one of those "iPhone from the car window" shots! Currently, my specialty, since I haven't been walking as much just lately. I'm hoping to see a photo of that pool, myself, someday.

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    1. I'll be showing you more of it one day soon. This is just a small portion of it.

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  7. "A pool in a school. Cool."


    Your a poet and you didn't know it
    but your feet show it
    they're Longfellows

    ;-)

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  8. A cool pool in a school...the school rule said no pool...no more cool pool in the school....
    Longfellows may be my feet...but a poet I'm not!!!

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    1. Oh, Chieftess! You are a poet, and now we all know it!! :-)

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  9. it's too hot for school, so lettuce cool off in the pool.

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    1. But they won't lettuce. The new rule says no cool school pool...

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