Santa Monica High School EntranceNational Archives and Records Administration
The WPA replaced those school buildings that had been destroyed by the 1933 earthquake. This included: a two-story main building for classrooms and administration, a one-story science building with a cafeteria, a boys gymnasium, a two-story shop building, and auditorium.
The WPA also built the school’s Barnum Hall Theater.
A paragraph on the WPA accompanies one of the archival photos below:
“High school at Santa Monica, California – one of 4,383 schools built by the WPA in five years. More than 30,500 were improved. School buildings constitute a third of all buildings built or improved by the WPA. Other educational buildings built or improved: more than 900 libraries. (Besides building and improving education buildings, the WPA has extended educational opportunities by conducting over 100,000 classes per month, with average monthly attendance of some 1,250,000 people.”
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Connolly, Donald H. and G. I. Farman. Report of Accomplishment of the Operations Division. Works Progress Administration, Southern California. January 1, 1939.
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