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S E C T I O N 2 Community Stories about people and events in the community. ■ September 28, 2011 A LSO INSIDE C A LE N DA R 20 |R E A L E S TAT E 23 |C L AS S I F I E D S 28 150 150 — and still counting Community event celebrates the 150th birthday of the Portola Valley School District Photo courtesy of Nancy Land and the Portola Valley Archives Teachers, from left, Mamie Shine, Emma Shine and Ella Grunning preside over the last day of school in the Portola School. This building, complete with stables and woodshed,was used until 1893. By Marjorie Mader P ortola Valley School District’s 150th birthday celebration — an event for the entire community — will bring alumni, students, and teachers from across several decades to Portola Valley Town Center on Sunday, Oct. 2. The celebration starts with a Portola Valley tradition: the “Zots to Tots Race” at 11:15 a.m., covering the expanse from Rossotti Field toTown Center, 2.5 miles way. A parade of decorated vintage cars with distinguished guests on board will lead runners to Town Center, 765 Portola Road. Welcoming them will be the incomparable Los Trancos Woods Marching Band. Riding in vintage cars will be honorary event chairpersons Jean Lane, a longtime supporter of Portola Valley schools along with her late husband Bill; Tony Rose, Portola Valley School fourth-grade teacher, then principal A look at the past The 150-year-old Portola Valley School District got off to an unusual start. The first schoolhouse, built in the lumber boomtown of Searsville, was forced to move by the flooding resulting from the construction of the Searsville Dam on Stanford University April 1, 1861: The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors authorizes the creation of a Searsville School District in the little town of Searsville. 1891: The creation of Searsville Reservoir causes the residents to move away. 1894: Martha Hallidie offers a portion property in 1891. Martha Hallidie, wife of cable car inventor Andrew Hallidie, then donated a portion of their estate, “Eagle Home Farm,” for a new Portola Valley School at what is now 765 Portola Road and the Portola Valley Town Center. of her estate for the creation of a new school. The Searsville School is dismantled and moved. A new school is built at what is now 765 Portola Road. 1909: Enrollment increases enough to warrant a second schoolhouse. Cost: and superintendent from 1951 to 1964; and the oldest known alumni, Ed Jelich and Vivian Silva O’Neal . Among the distinguished guests will be descendents, spanning three generations, of Portola Valley families who attended Portola Valley schools way back before the construction of the district’s two current schools. The families include those of George Jelich, 1919-1927; Walter Jelich, 1921-1929; Ed Jelich, $3,602. The name of the district becomes The Portola School District. 1950: The 1894 school is dismantled and sold for $10 to make room for a new modern, four-room school called Portola Valley School. The population is growing very rapidly. Enrollment: 59. 1952: A two-room addition is added to Portola Valley School. Enrollment: 230. 1954: A four-room addition is added to Portola Valley School. Enrollment: 464. 1955: 23 students graduate from Portola Valley School. 1925-1933; Martin Ramies, 1933-1941; Joy Neal Ramies, 1940-1948; and Laura Ramies Mangini. The picnic begins at noon on Town Center fields. Colored balloons will identify tables by the decades to help alumni and friends re-connect and share memories. Bring a picnic lunch or buy food and drinks from See 150TH BIRTHDAY, page 19 1955: The school board changes the district’s name to Portola Valley School District. 1956: The four-square-mile area around Skylonda is added to the district. 1958: Corte Madera School opens on the former Bovet Ranch for first and second grades. 1961: Ormondale School opens on a portion of Ormondale Ranch for one third-grade and three fourth-grade classes. 1963: A four-room addition to Ormondale opens. Six new classrooms are built at both Ormondale and Corte Madera schools. 1977: The last students graduate from Portola Valley School. Ormondale becomes a K-5 school; Corte Madera, 6-8. 1998: Ormondale becomes K-3; Corte Madera, 4-8. 2004: All new construction is completed at both schools. 2011: Portola Valley School District celebrates its 150th birthday with a party on Oct. 2 at Town Center. 1975: Portola Valley School is sold to the town of Portola Valley for $120,000. September 28, 2011 N The Almanac N17

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