Eagle Rock High School (Los Angeles, California)

Eagle Rock High School (Los Angeles, California)

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Eagle Rock High School (Los Angeles, California)

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Eagle Rock High School (ERHS) is a public school located in the neighborhood of Eagle Rock of northeast Los Angeles, California.

Eagle Rock is the only combination junior and senior high school that serves grades 7 to 12 as part of the Los Angeles Unified School District.


The school first opened its doors on September 12, 1927.

Opening day at Eagle Rock Junior/Senior High School was September 12, 1927. Principal Helen Babson greeted some 750 expectant youngsters in an auditorium not yet equipped with seats. Seventy years later a dozen of these former students, wearing “I was there” badges, were honored at the 1997 ERHS Alumni Association Annual Dinner.

Helen Babson was an effective leader and the depression years a propitious time for recruiting faculty. Teaching openings were few and ERHS, as a new and nationally designated “progressive education” school, was an attractive assignment. As a consequence the school assembled a highly talented group of educators, many of whom had distinguished careers as teachers and others as administrators. The progressive education experiment didn’t fare well, being replaced in time by more traditional modes of instruction, but it apparently inflicted no real damage on its ERHS subjects, although some complain that they never learned to spell.

Helen Babson was succeeded in 1945 by another outstanding principal, Robert Kelly, who later...
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