To honor the graduates and under-graduates of the school
who took part in World War I and to commemorate the school's
fiftieth anniversary, the students voted in 1922 to buy the acre-
age across the street, a plot of ground approximately 315 by
350 feet, to be used as a memorial park. In a drive for funds,
the students raised $6,000 or an average of $2.00 per person.
The additional $15,000 was taken from the Student Body fund.
In 1923, the school's fiftieth birthday, the park was dedicated.
Because a Student Body cannot legally hold ground as a
park, the land was turned over to the City of Los Angeles
on condition that it be kept in perpetuity as a park.
Although the library itself was built by the city as a branch
of the Los Angeles Public Library, the students contributed
the money for the stained glass memorial window, whose
symbol represents the divisions of the Army, Navy, Marines,
Engineers and Aviation of World War I. Also on the window
are the school motto, the names of the alumni killed in the war,
and the poem "In Flanders Fields."
Not only do Seniors have the traditional privilege of using
the park during lunch period, but also, because of the foresight
of Mr. Housh, the principal, and the students of 1922, L. A.'s
view to the north will always be one of beauty, unobstructed
by private buildings that would otherwise have been con-
structed directly across from the school.