Hello- Are you collecting stories too? I went to this school for 4th and half of 5th grade back in around 1967-68. I don't think I have any pictures from that time but I will look (we moved a lot and my mom didn't save much). I have such a fond memory of everyone being so nice to me there (other than my 4th grade teacher Mrs Smith who didn't like me at all). My mom was divorced and I pretty much roamed around Pacific Grove on my own even walking the railroad tracks through Cannery Row to hang out of Fishermans wharf many times. I was in a play put on by the school (I believe it was the Crying Princess and the Golden Goose). I was supposed to be the understudy for the lead part (the Princess) and didn't memorize my part (thinking that someone already had it). I was actually in the band playing the drums (because they finally figured out I was fake playing the clarinet) when they called me up back stage and said that the Princess had terrible stage fright and couldn't do it so I had to. They wrote each sentence on a big poster board and when no one would say something I would look over there and read off the board! That was the first night and we performed it for the PTA and they were so nice coming up to me to say that I did a great job. Entertainers from Cannery Row were helping with the play (Jerry Winters and Sue Scott) and they were so nice to me and they kind of looked out after me. We ended up traveling around to perform the play for other schools. It was such a confidence booster for me and without that experience I probably wouldn't have turned out very well (plus the band and I think choir too). Do you know any history of Jerry Winters and Sue Scott and how long they helped the school with the acting class? I can find Jerry Winters as an artist in Carmel (I think he is the same one because it said he was an entertainer on Cannery Row for years). It makes me fight for school activities (and all kids activites) in my small town in Oregon. A not so great experience was having Mrs. Smith as a 4th grade teacher. I broke my arm on the jungle gym at recess and didn't know it was broken. I went home and it kept hurting so my mom took me to the hospital. It was broken so I came to school with a cast and proudly showed it off. Mrs. Smith had a way of punishing people by tapping them on the shoulder in the same place over and over. She called me up to the front of the class and I thought she was going to say something nice but instead started to yell at me and tap me on the shoulder over and over. I remember turning towards the class and my eyes filling with tears and being humiliated! When I was older I figured out she was afraid of law suits but at the time I couldn't figure out why she wasn't comforting me. I hated her so much after that. I wasn't allowed to play sports(because of my cast) but my mom wrote me an excuse that I could play 4 square and I remember this made Mrs. Smith so mad. It's fun to look at these pictures and see hers in it. i'll keep looking back to see if you find class pictures for those years. I remember a friend of mine's mom worked at the library but can't remember anyone's name. Linda Magruder Densmore La Grande, Oregon (age 52). P.S. I went to a total of 6 different grammar schools and this is the one that really helped me!
Linda,Thanks so much for sharing a few Robert Down memories with us. If you ever do come across any pictures we would love to add them to the site.
Linda,My name is Peter Drakos and I also went to RHD from 9/64 to 6/70. I know the Jerry Winters/Sue Scott story. I also married one of my classmates her name was Andrea Myers. Happy new year to you, I would like share some stories with you. Yes, Miss Smith 4 was awful. I still live in Pacific Grove and am in touch with many who went to RHD and can answer some of your questions. Sincerly, Peter Drakos
Peter were you in the "acting class" that Jerry Winters and Sue Scott were part of? I really think that what they did for all the students was wonderful. I also believe that getting me involved with plays at that time kept me out of trouble and probably helped me to survive. That is funny that you had the same memory of Mrs Smith (my all time worst teacher). She made me cry in front of the class because I broke my arm at school the day before falling off the junge gyms and she called me up in front of the whole class and kept tapping me on the shoulder until I started to cry lecturing me about how i should of told a teacher that I hurt my arm! I would like to thank Jerry Winters and Sue Scott if they are still around. I really don't remember anyone else from that time period. I moved back to Santa Barbara after my grandmother died halfway through 5th grade.
Unfortunately, Peter passed away last February. He was a wonderful guy who loved living in Pacific Grove. I have fond memories of Peter and I discussing how much we missed the Scotch Bakery "smiley face" cookies. Great guy.
I started Kindergarten at age 4...in Miss McGrew's class....must have been 1964.....I remember one classmates entire name...Chris Cardoza...
i went to school there from 1961 through 1967 i loved all my teachers except for 4th grade .dont remember to many of my classmates but in the past few years i have reconnected with a couple of them we moved to Montereythe middle of my 6th grade year then to carmel for 10th grade. i was sent to a small town in Illinois for the rest of school and iam still here. i have been back to visit few times but things have changed so much.would love to here from other classmates
I forgot my best memories being the butterfly parade and the bazaar after
My maiden name is Sue Gilliland and I went to kindergarten in 1955-56 and I just assume there was only one school in town. My dad was military/Army and we only lived there a short time. The only thing I remember from that time was the Butterfly Parade! I was so excited about being in that parade with butterfly wings on my back. I still remember that day. :-)