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Castilleja graduates 61 seniors

Original post made on Jun 8, 2014

With crimson bouquets clutched close to crisp white dresses, 61 seniors took the stage amidst the faculty, staff and junior class at Castilleja School's 107th commencement ceremony on Saturday, an occasion that lauded femininity and found inspiration in favorite books and movies.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, June 8, 2014, 11:26 AM

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Posted by Wayne Martin
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jun 8, 2014 at 12:29 pm

The following article is from the San Francisco Call, reporting on the laying of a cornerstone for a new building on the Castilleja campus --

San Francisco Call, Volume 107, Number 152, 1 May 1910 — SCHOOL CORNERSTONE LAID AT PALO ALTO

Exercises at Site of Recitation Hall of Castilleja
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
PALO ALTO, April 30.—With appropriate exercises the cornerstone of the new recitation hall of Castilleja preparatory school for girls was laid today. Curtis Hillyer of San Francisco presided. The program was as follows:
Castilleja song, by the school; address, by President David Starr Jordan of Stanford university; address, by Marshall Black of Palo Alto; dedication song, by the school; laying of cornerstone. Miss Lockey, principal of the school, presiding; song, "America," by the school; benediction, by the Rev. N. Hays.

The Castilleja song was written by Miss Helen M. Hatch and the dedication song by Miss Alice M. Richard, teachers at the school.

The Castilleja school is located in a tract of four and a half acres in Palo Alto. A series of buildings, including dormitories, a recitation hall, a "domestic science bungalow" and a large gymnasium, are being built on the grounds.
Wonder what the founders, and grads of Castilleja of that era would think of the school today?

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 8, 2014 at 3:47 pm

What is it with the photo showing only shoes and legs?

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jun 8, 2014 at 7:38 pm

Rorschach test

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Posted by Photog
a resident of another community
on Jun 8, 2014 at 10:45 pm

I'm a photographer (not this one) and I love photos of shoes, especially women's shoes. More than haircuts, hemlines or tie widths, shoes place us in a certain historical time. The choices of these young women say a lot about the year 2014. I don't know if that's what this photographer was thinking, but I really enjoyed that picture. In any event, congratulations to all the graduates!

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Posted by Garrett
a resident of another community
on Jun 9, 2014 at 8:51 am

Congrats to the grads.

Keeping learning. Changing a flat tire on your car, plumbing, understand the fuse box. Because some men are just as daft.

Good luck young women.

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Posted by Honor Spirz
a resident of another community
on Jun 9, 2014 at 10:33 am

As a proud graduate of Castilleja (52 years ago!! How did that happen so quickly?!!), I am ever so glad that there is still a place where young women can find their voice and have an opportunity to explore and find their unique strengths and potentials. Same sex education isn't suitable for everyone, but I think that it is a wonderful alternative/choice for many people. It certainly was for me.

I feel very privileged to have been able to have had that experience, and I have tried to carry forward some of the important life lessons that I learned at Castilleja.

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Posted by Quentin Tarantino
a resident of another community
on Jun 9, 2014 at 11:33 am

Awesome photos!

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Posted by Tony Carrasco.
a resident of Green Acres
on Jun 9, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Great Pictures,
Congratulations 61 and Honor

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Posted by Rich legacy family
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Jun 13, 2014 at 12:20 am

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We should care much more about all the public school children, most of whom do not have millionaire parents, who need a great education to get into college so they can go out and change the world.

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Posted by Jealous?
a resident of Stanford
on Jun 13, 2014 at 12:33 am

When I went to Casti in the early 90s, it still had a dorm for girls who had to board there because they lived elsewhere.

There were actually a couple of African girls there ( their father was a diplomat), and several girls from all parts of Asia such as Thailand, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and China. There was even a girl from Siberia, as well as a girl from Mexico City.

Anyone living in a custom-built Palo Alto Hills home has to be at least in the upper middle class. [Portion removed.]

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Posted by Latino presence
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 13, 2014 at 2:01 am

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Posted by Aussie Aunt!
a resident of another community
on Jun 13, 2014 at 7:14 am

My Niece is one of those lovely girls ...
Both her parents have worked extremely hard to afford the choice to send their daughter to this school.. She herself has worked extremely hard, both at the school and in her community..
She will be an asset to her country as she marches forward in life..
I am saddened to read such prejudice as 'Rich legacy family' has felt the need to document on this blog..
I always thought that one of the important foundations the USA was built on was the celebration of the opportunities hard work can bring to individuals ..... which then also brings great benefit to your nation.....
I can only hope that none of the girls joy on achieving this momentous goal was tarnished by such thoughtless commentary..
Congratulations girls and special hugs and kisses to my wonderful niece..

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