Category Archive: Schools

Apr 26

Lopez Dam construction

Intake pipe (left) rises behind Lopez Dam in early January 1968.
Jim Vestal/Telegram-Tribune ©The Tribune

They did not know they were in a race against time. A year later torrential rains would cause flooding everywhere but downstream from Lopez Dam. There the new structure would impound water filling the reservoir much more quickly than expected. Here workers pour concrete around the intake structure in January of 1968. The facility provides …

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Feb 19

Paul and Louise Squibb preserve the history of Cambria


In the late 1860s Rosaville, was the fastest growing community in the county. The region had a lot of commerce, mercury mining in the hills, at least two saw mills, a nearby whaling harbor and steamer destination in San Simeon and a brisk trade in real estate. The post office made them change the name …

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Jan 12

Save a life with a knife, New Southern Pacific station, World War II week by week

The Telegram-Tribune of January 9, 1943 had an unusually high number of war related local stories.

Sixteen stories were jammed onto the front page January 9, 1943. The new railroad station in San Luis Obispo was scheduled to start construction January 11. The new building was estimated to be $50,000 and a total cost of $96,000 to move the old wood frame building and tracks. A centralized traffic control system had …

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Oct 11

San Luis High girl’s tennis team

San Luis Obispo High School tennis team from 1901.

Caption from the May 11, 1956 Centurama edition of the Telegram-Tribune for a Fitzhugh photograph. (His studio was a regular newspaper advertiser in the late 1800s.) ‘THE TENNIS CLUB’…Pictured in the first issue of the “Meteor,” high school annual for the class of 1901, is the bevy of young maidens entitled “The Tennis club,” I. …

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Sep 13

Baseball ain’t like it used to be

Opening day. All you have to do is say the words and you feel the shutters thrown wide, the room air out, the light pour in. In baseball, no other day is so pure with possibility. No scores yet, no losses, no blame or disappointment. No hangover, at least until the game’s over. —Mary Schmich …

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Apr 21

Robyn Metchik, drama and art

Aaron Metchik left was featured in a story about his role in the TV comedy "Torkelsons" in this October 1991 photo.  He is with his real-life family, mom Robyn and siblings Ariana and Asher. Published 10-10-1991 David Middlecamp

Robyn Metchik has a talented family. The Lucia Mar drama teacher has seen her son Aaron land roles in a network television situation comedy “Torkelsons”. Both Aaron and Asher were in the film Sissy Spacek film “Trading Mom.” Aaron also was featured in the movie “Baby Sitters Club”. Daughter Ari is an award winning painter …

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Apr 06

Santa Manuela School, the Leonard Collection

Santa Manuela School, where Lopez Dam is today.

Today the playground is buried under Lopez Dam. Santa Manuela Schoolhouse was built in 1901 and served the families of the Lopez Canyon region until closed in 1957. When the dam was built in the late 1960s the South County Historical Society rescued the schoolhouse from demolition. It now sits at one end of the …

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Mar 27

Remembering Grace Mitchell

Grace Mitchell prepares to lead the faculty and graduates of Cuesta College into the gym for commencement ceremonies Friday night. ©Tribune photo by David Middlecamp

Grace Mitchell was so popular she was named 1995 Citizen of the Year in San Luis Obispo even though she lived in Morro Bay. Her work in the community in addition to being president of Cuesta College led to more nominations than anyone in the previous 24-year history of the program. She was Cuesta College’s …

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Mar 08

High school exercises, the Leonard Collection

Can you identify this photo?

Can anyone help identify this photo? A large group of adults dressed in fine clothes has gathered to watch a group of uniformed young women exercise with weights. A piano is on the paved playing field. There is a basketball court, parallel bars and the lines for a tennis court. A horse drawn carriage is …

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Feb 10

Dunnigan’s Grammar School Baseball Nine, Leonard collection

Dunnigan's baseball nine, who are they? Children's baseball team from the early 1900s. If you know please post a comment.

It is likely that these children smiling at us from a century ago are no longer with us. The image comes from a collection of large format negatives in the Tribune library. They were  enclosed in a 1950s era Telegram-Tribune window envelope, labeled “Mrs. Leonard.” The images however are decades older. How old? Two of …

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