Collection: Whittier Elementary School

Bascom, Frances with Polly McDonald – OH1016
Interview Date: 2001

People: Arthur Ridgeway, John Greenleaf Whittier, Craig Yeager, Lisa Blumenthal   Places: Boulder   Topics: Pine Street School, Whittier School (history, tour), house at 1643 Spruce Street in Boulder, growing up in Boulder in the 1920s.    

Daniels, Jane and Pauline (Polly) McDonald – OH2005
Interview Date: 29 October 2014

Jane Daniels was principal of Whittier Elementary School from 1976 to 1982. Polly McDonald became the secretary for the school in 1979. She continued in that role for many years, but she also became the school historian and eventually began … Continue reading

Del Pizzo, Darlieen Moore – OH1638
Interview Date: 2010

In this interview, conducted by fourth-grade students from the Whittier Student Historians’ Club, Darleen Moore Del Pizzo describes going to kindergarten at Whittier Elementary School in 1940, when her teacher was Dorothy Anderson, whom she describes as one of the … Continue reading

Epp, George – OH1714
Interview Date: 2011

George Epp, who went on to become the sheriff of Boulder County, describes his elementary school days at Whittier Elementary School to student interviewers from the Whittier Student Historians’ Club. Topics include favorite subjects and teachers, recess activities, an amusing … Continue reading

Johnson, Susan Anderson – OH1641
Interview Date: 2010

Susan Johnson (then Susan Anderson) was a student at Whittier Elementary School from kindergarten in 1947 through the sixth grade. In this interview, conducted by fourth grade members of the Whittier Student Historians’ Club, she describes her experiences as a … Continue reading

LaTorra, Benny Victor – OH1640
Interview Date: 2010

Benny Victor LaTorra, who was known as Victor during his school years, went to Whittier Elementary School during the 1930s. In this interview, conducted by fourth-grade members of the Whittier Student Historians’ Club, he recalls the cordial interactions between students, … Continue reading

Ray, Ann K. Patterson – OH1642
Interview Date: 2010

Ann K. Ray (then Patterson) was a student at Whittier Elementary School from 1943, when she attended second grade, through sixth grade. In this interview, conducted by fourth-grade members of the Whittier Student Historians’ Club, she reminisces about her years … Continue reading

Rejouis, Mary Kate – OH2009
Interview Date: 1/21/2015

Mary Kate Rejouis, an ordained priest and rector of St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church in Boulder, grew up in the Whittier neighborhood and was a student at Whittier Elementary School in the 1970s. She describes her years there with great affection … Continue reading

Riley, Paul E. – OH1693
Interview Date: 2010

Paul Riley discusses the two years that he attended Whittier Elementary School in the 1930s, including descriptions of his teachers, activities, and classrooms. He also talks about childhood activities outside of school, and touches on growing up during the Great … Continue reading

Romero, Esther – OH1715
Interview Date: 2011

Esther Romero attended Whittier Elementary School from second grade (in 1944) until sixth grade. She tells about some of her favorite teachers, and relates an anecdote that illustrates the strictness of Principal Jessie Fitzpatrick. She also tells about Christmas parties … Continue reading

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