In 1911 the first of two segregated schools for Mexican and Mexican Ameri an students was founded. The first school was named Junipero Serra and the second was named Chihuahuita in 1916. If you look closely at this photo which comes from the PUSD archives, you can see the name Chihuahuita.
Parents of the students who attended the school were business owners, field workers, laborers, railways workers and stonemasons. Their crafts and labor helped build City Hall, the Rose Bowl and the Civic Auditorium.
Tonight the board of trustees of Pasadena City College approved a memorial to be built at the college's Community Education Center; at almost the site where the Chihuahuita School existed until 1923. Beginning in 1923 it was known as Fremont Elementary and became less informally desegregated. It went through a variety of names as it provided different services over the next several decades.
Members of the community are raising money to pay for the cost of the memorial.
PASADENA CITY COLLEGE
NOTICE OF BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
7:00 OPEN SESSION
G. CHIHUAHUITA COMMEMORATIVE MONUMENT - DISCUSSION WITH POSSIBLE ACTION