The iconic little red schoolhouse in Hollywood is celebrating 70 years of continuous operation.
Established in 1945 by Ruth Pease on Highland Ave., The Hollywood Schoolhouse—formerly the Little Red Schoolhouse, and originally the Small Fry Nursery School—was created to help meet childcare needs for the post-war community in Los Angeles.
For more than 23 years the school served the community as a preschool for about 20 children. But by the 1960’s the need for childcare was growing, so a new building was constructed to double enrollment to 50 children.
As years passed the school prospered and in 1984 the elementary division was established. This expansion included the first elementary building with classrooms, a computer lab and library.
“As the Hollywood community has grown and changed over the past 70 years, so has Hollywood Schoolhouse,” says head of school Stephen Bloodworth.
“We are grateful for our deep roots in this neighborhood, and look forward to being active participants in its future,” says Bloodworth.
To mark 70 years the school is holding events throughout the year to celebrate.
The school will host a Harvest Festival for faculty, staff, parents, students and alumni on Sat., Oct 10 in an effort to gather everyone on campus for the start of the 70th school year.
There will be a Community Open House on Sat., Jan. 23, 2016, for community members, current and prospective families to showcase all the ways the school has grown over the past seven decades.
For more information, visit hollywoodschoolhouse.org.