Sutro Elementary School

Sutro Grammar School, about the time of its dedication and opening. - San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library

Sutro Elementary School
235 12th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94118

In 1891, the City of San Francisco changed the name of its Point Lobos School in the Richmond District to Sutro Primary School. The school was little more than a shack standing on 19th Avenue near modern-day Geary Boulevard. In 1895, the school had three classrooms and Mary Magner was the principal. When the Board of Health condemned the building in 1895, the school was relocated and reopened on 12th Avenue between California and Clement Streets, and Sutro School has been at that location ever since.

Sutro Grammar School, Twelfth Avenue, Between California and Clement Streets; to Accommodate 720 Pupils and Will Cost $106,000. Postcard text. - Courtesy of John Freeman

A new brick Sutro School was dedicated on June 5, 1910. In the 1970s, that building was determined to be vulnerable to earthquakes and was torn down and replaced by the current school.

"During World War I, Victory Gardens sprouted up all over town, including this one in the Sutro School on 13th Avenue."

Sutro School

Class Photos

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Sutro Elementary School Fifth Grade - 1957

Sutro Elementary First Grade - 1969

Sutro Elementary Kindergarten - 1970

Sutro Elementary First Grade - 1970

Sutro Elementary Second Grade - 1970

Sutro Elementary Kindergarten - 1974

Sutro Elementary First-Third Grades - 1978

Sutro Elementary First-Second Grades - 1979

Sutro Elementary Fourth-Fifth Grade - 1982

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1978
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1991


Images: 1) Sutro School, December 30, 1919. Courtesy of the San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library; 2) Sutro School Victory Garden, Circa 1917. (WNP collection. Possibly from the California State Library?); 3) Sutro School, 2001. (WNP photo).


Page launched 3 March 2001. Updated 16 August 2006.

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