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Sutro Elementary School

Sutro Grammar School, about the time of its dedication and opening., circa 1910 - San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library

Sutro Elementary School
235 12th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94118

In 1891, the City of San Francisco changed the name of its Point Lobos School in the Richmond District to Sutro Primary School. The school was little more than a shack standing on 19th Avenue near modern-day Geary Boulevard. In 1895, the school had three classrooms and Mary Magner was the principal. When the Board of Health condemned the building in 1895, the school was relocated and reopened on 12th Avenue between California and Clement Streets, and Sutro School has been at that location ever since.

Sutro Grammar School, Twelfth Avenue, Between California and Clement Streets; to Accommodate 720 Pupils and Will Cost $106,000. Postcard text., 1910 -

A new brick Sutro School was dedicated on June 5, 1910. In the 1970s, that building was determined to be vulnerable to earthquakes and was torn down and replaced by the current school.

"During World War I, Victory Gardens sprouted up all over town, including this one in the Sutro School on 13th Avenue."

Sutro School

Images: 1) Sutro School, December 30, 1919. Courtesy of the San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library; 2) Sutro School Victory Garden, Circa 1917. (WNP collection. Possibly from the California State Library?); 3) Sutro School, 2001. (WNP photo).


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