In April 1942, George Nakamura and his family waited in the parking lot of the old Arroyo Grande High School at the base of Crown Hill. They were about to board an assigned school bus that would take them to a temporary relocation center in Tulare.
Joe Lewis has had a good life. Happily married since 1968, his three sons are college graduates. We encountered Joe’s friendly, mischievous smile when he was a student in a civics class Liz was teaching at St. Elizabeth’s High School in Oakland in 1965.
In 1971, Richard Johnson gave us a tour of the old dairy barns at Cal Poly. As this lean “cowboy with a bow tie” led us past rows of agricultural equipment, a string of barn cats followed him. We asked if Richard liked cats, and he said, “I don’t, but they keep the rodent population down.” The cats were following Richard because he fed them every morning.
Roberto and Dr. Francisco Jiménez Elementary School is Santa Maria’s newest school, honoring “two brothers who not only attended Santa Maria schools, but who went on to become successful and responsible leaders in their careers, community, and family …,” noted Jody Olivar, Santa Maria-Bonita School District board president.