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Randle Elementary: 1940

Randle Elementary: 1940

Washington, D.C., circa 1940. "Nation's Business. Children leaving Randle School." Nitrate negative by Theodor Horydczak. View full size.


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Randle highlands

I drive by it all the time, to say the neighborhood has changed is an understatement. Its a pretty kool school, children are the same everywhere. But it's all uphill from most directions.

The car

Couldn't help investigating what the car is: Pretty sure it is a 1938 Plymouth P6 Sedan. It has a six cylinder 201 cid side valve engine and a 3 speed manual transmission. When the car was introduced in autumn 1937, people found it ugly. The factory soon made slight changes to its appearance. I can't say if this is a modified model or original. Anyway, I would be happy to have one.

Arthur E. Randle

Col. Arthur Randle was a wealthy real estate entrepreneur who donated lands to the District of Columbia. He also developed Randle Cliff Beach several miles south of Chesapeake Beach. That was a long time ago. Col. Randle died in 1929. He is buried in the old Congressional Cemetery in Southeast Washington near the grave of John Philip Sousa.

Fat chance

How many obese children can you count in this photo? Today, where I live, the challenge would be to find one or two children who are of an appropriate weight for their age.

When I was a kid

The building is upon a high elevation, from which a magnificent view of the entire city can be obtained.

So the kids really DID have to walk to school uphill, both ways.

Rooftop Classrooms

Washington Post, Oct 11, 1911

New School is Named

Children Lay Cornerstone

At the request of the Randle Highlands Citizens' Association, the new $64,000 school building in course of construction in that locality has been named the Randle Highlands School. The cornerstone was laid yesterday by four children — John R. Woodward, Charles A. Barker, and Mabel L. and Kate S. Reilley. After the stone had been raised by a derrick the children clasped their hands around the top of it and pressed it into position as the workmen guided its corse.

The cost of the structure is exclusive of the ground, which was donated by Col. Arthur E. Randle. The grounds contain 3½ acres, being large enough for a playground, and are more extensive than any similar site in the District. The building is upon a high elevation, from which a magnificent view of the entire city can be obtained. Kinker & Garrett are the contractors. It will be completed in March, 1912.

Provisions will be made on the roof for an open-air school. There will be eight rooms, exclusive of the halls and playrooms. Frederick brick are being used with stone trimmings on the front. City water and sewer mains will be extended to the new building.

The new engine house is completed, and will be dedicated with the next two weeks. Congress has recently appropriated over $700,000 for the improvement of this section. It is planned to make the section as beautiful as Roland Park, in Baltimore or Bryn Mawr, near Philadelphia.

No Hovering Zone

Note the lack of "helicopter parents" picking up their children. Unlike today, these children seem to enjoy a bit of freedom in the journey from school to home.

Note that the women are all wearing seamed stockings.

Ivy league

I pity the fool who had to strip off all that vegetation.

Sans Ivy

Building is still there, but the neighborhood has changed.

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