The 1930s



  • English and Social Science are built into the school program



  • Thirty-one seniors graduate



  • Uniforms for girls are retired.  There were too many complaints about uniforms and the rule too difficult to enforce.



  • Homework is only allowed two days a week (State Law)
  • Long Beach earthquake struck on March 10, at 5:55 P.M., with a magnitude of 6.4.  School buildings were among those structures most generally and severely damaged throughout the southern California area.  If the earthquake had occurred during school hours, the death toll would have been much higher.
  • The Field Act is passed by the California Legislature on April 10, 1933, mandating that school buildings must be earthquake-resistant. The earthquake supported some ideas regarding the need for earthquake resistant design for structures in California.  More than 230 school buildings were either damaged, destroyed, suffered major damage, judged unsafe to occupy or totally destroyed.



  • The top portion of the Bell Tower is removed because it was weakened in the earthquake of 1932. The bottom section will be removed twenty years later in the reconstruction of 1954-55.



  • 3000 students are now enrolled



Margaret Griffith and James Walter
She and her later husband would both graduate from Garfield High School in 1930.  Leaving us her high school scrapbook, her senior scrapbook and many other items, it is the largest and best collection we have to see Garfield between 1925 and 1930.
Visit the Esther Struman Hochman Collection in our Special Archive Collection Section to view some more items from the 1920s and 1930s.  She was a graduate of the class of 1931.
Visit the Antonia Hernandez Collection in our Special Archive Collection Section to view a 1930 student handbook and other items.
Garfield Class of '38: Friends for the Ages (Los Angeles Times Article from April 7, 2005)