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This occasional article discusses special “things” about the city of Whittier. Many of us grew up in this town and have many special memories about it. There are a few things that are “extra special” and unique about our beloved city. These are what we refer to as “the Legends of Whittier”.
SIERRA/MONTE VISTA HIGH SCHOOLS
Back in 1978 the Whittier Union High School District’s board of trustees met and made a landmark decision that would change the landscape of Whittier forever: the closure of Sierra High School and Monte Vista High School
This decision completely changed the make-up of the district forever. Sierra High School, located at 9401 Painter Avenue, was only open from 1957 – 1979. It will always be linked forever with Monte Vista High School, located at 11515 S. Colima Road which was open from 1965-1979.
|"Legends of Whittier"|
|Actual Game day program 1977|
Monte Vista High School, whose school nickname was the “Mustangs”, was located on the south side of Whittier. It was eventually sold to the Los Angeles County and is the location of the Sherriff’s academy.For those attending Sierra or Monte Vista then, it must have been a big shock. Imagine being told your high school was closing and you had to go somewhere else? No more hanging out at the quad or going to your favorite hangout after the football games. No more Alma Mater or cheering on your school teams. Wow, must have been an adjustment.
Over thirty years have passed, and if we look back at this decision, was it the right one to make? It seems like schools are getting more and more crowded these days. Should the WUHSD have reconsidered? Should they have chosen two different schools to close?
|Whittier High School still standing!|
If there was any silver lining looking at this change, it is to know I was able to meet some really good people at my high school growing up. People I would not have met had these two schools remained open. Hard to believe these two facilities served as self-functioning high schools once upon a time. I am sure there are a lot of great memories that were created there. May the two schools rest in peace.
A. No.1 Whittier Fan