The “First Lady” of our Schools
It all began just after the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco when Burlingame’s population skyrocketed from about 200 residents before the quake, to around 1000 in 1907. At that time, the children of Burlingame were schooled through the county at the Burlingame School on Peninsula Avenue and County Road (El Camino). Burlingame School was built in 1906 and later changed its name to Peninsula Avenue Schools. The residents of Burlingame, however, were not satisfied with a county school and wanted a school they could call their own.
In 1911 Burlingame residents voted on approving the school district and began plans to build a permanent school and well-known architect William H. Weeks was hired to design the school. During the construction a temporary 8-room schoolhouse was built in 1912 on Howard and Primrose called “the little red schoolhouse.”
In September 1913 the first permanent Burlingame School was ready to open its doors to the children of Burlingame. It was located on the corner of Oak Grove and Grange (now Paloma Avenue) and called Burlingame Grammar School. The brick exterior and stunning detail was a fine example of Week’s designs of the times. Columns adorned the front of the school, which became a trademark of Week’s architecture.
McKinley has always been a vibrant school … in the early 20’s there were cookbook sales, Fathers Clubs events, operettas and plays and, of course, many of these traditions are still carried out today.
McKinley celebrated its Centennial on Sunday, Sept. 22nd, 2013, with a festival on the school grounds.
Here are several of the MEMORIES that students of McKinley, and of some of the other Burlingame Schools, recorded in September!
Some of the many memories collected at the BURLINGAME SCHOOL DISTRICT CENTENNIAL – September 22, 2013Richard Terrones (architect)I remember replacing McKinley’s roof and thinking we solved all of her leaking problems…boy were we wrong! Thousands of bricks later, and months of working with the contractor, I think we’ve finally solved it! Happy Birthday McKinley – we hope you love your facelift!Shirley CastleStarted kindergarten in 1940 when 4 years 9 months old.When Miss Mayberry chose her classroom while the school was being built, since there were no stairs to class room yet, she walked up a plank from the young children’s playground. This was the classroom she had the entire time she was teaching.Miss Mayberry was my 1st grade teacher in 1941. By young children’s playground. She gave a play every year – Madam Butterfly, then Hansel and Gretel.She said she wanted to be a “Blue Ferry” had to practice my lines. Bobby Biggs climbed out of the window sill and climbed out back.She retired, but then was asked to come back to teach since she was needed due to WWII. She named the different reading groups by birds e.g. bluebirds.Doug JuddI remember going to the Burlingame station with coworkers and eventually moving to this beautiful town with my soon-to-be wife.Maria (Mandilla) Worthgeold man falling on sidewalk while on crossing guard duty, monkey bars and cherry drops on cement, walking on the wall, playing ice hockey in gym, Mrs. Bouquet, Mr. Kabran, milk money, softball field, flag football for girlsSandra Basurt Class of 1976(attended K-6)-crossing guard duty, after school sports, the playstructure out in the front on the school, learned how to rapel from the top with Mr. Burns, Field Day – President’s Physical Fitness, Teachers: Mrs. Williams, Mrs. Iosef, Mrs. Harris, Mrs. Bouquet, Mrs. Chialocheap, Mr. Labrum, Principal Mr. Jasperson, Librarian Mr. StidhamMarilyn Canon (Anderson) Class of 1953was the “last” and the “first”. We attended McKinley for all but the last 2 months when we were sent to the “unfinished” BIS.GENERAL MEMORIES (mostly about McKinley)Halloween parades and bonfires in the school (McKinley student 1936-1939)One of my favorite memories from McKinley is probably every day when I come here and see the best teachers (Mr. Moon, Ms. Cruz, Ms. Hackett, Ms. Carreira, Ms. Tarango).Hopscotch in the playground with my girlfriends and playing games like jump rope and money bars.I remember when Burlingame Ave. had a resident animal in a restaurant. The parrot in La Piñata.Tom Chase – 1st president at Burlingame Intermediate.I went to McKinley…I remember Principal Mr. Jasperson being threatened by a knife wielding man on the playground.Kindergarten with Mrs. Statts and 1st grade with Miss Johnson in the 70s. Thanks for the party!walking to Baskin Robbins as a child on B’game Ave.When my oldest son with halfway through his kindergarten year…learning Spanish. He was suddenly very worried that I couldn’t speak Spanish because…”What is going to happen when I speak Spanish and cannot speak English anymore?” (I guess we should have explained to him that he would still understand English.)A really nice trip to the science academy!weird airplane, army helicopters, the academy of scienceEntering school, my teacher, playing soccerWhen my teacher blew up the gloveplaying outside, having funMy favorite memory is when McKinley Harvest Festival-the Haunted HouseWhen I made my first friend Kateeating cake now and playing on the playgroundChristmas paradeplaying on the playground and having a good timeplaying tagmeeting my best friend on the first day of schoolI went to a festivalWhen I first moved to CA!Playing at Washinton ParkLearning ÷When I met Alex my friend when I went to the zoo in 2009.When I graduated from 5th grade.playing baseball with my friends after school and eating snacks from my back packMaking food friends and going to the Gold Rush (field trip).Playing soccer on the grassHow much I learnedI like to playfell asleep during schoolHaunted House and Harvest Festival 2007When I stayed and didn’t went to the Gold Rush and stayed and played games.Going to Outdoor EdWhen I first lived in Burlingame and I was born in BurlingameMy memory from school is playing kickball.My rainy day field trip to the zoo with Ms. HackettMy favorite memory is starting McKinley!Haciendo fútbol. Yo le gusta hacer fútbol. (I like to play soccer.)Going to the Giants stadium with Mr. Moon.playing with friend at the playgroundMy best memory was the Harvest Festival.I will always remember that I like my home town Burlingame and the park that I played when I was a little boy.My first day in McKinley because I was new to the school and I was in the 5th grade. I meet a lot of new friends and teachers.7 years old- Playdates with all of my special Burlingame friends. Dinner with grandma and grandpa downtown.When I met my first teacher.playing tag with my friend.Getting the alligator prize from the Innisbrook (selling the most gift).Harvest Festival, fun with friendsMy friends!!!When one of my teachers spilled glitter glue all over herself.I loved the Biography Tea from both the 4th and 5th grades. It was Awesome.Going to Gold Country with my mom.I liked the memory of when I became a student coach.coming to school I was excited, playing kickballI remember being in the Pet Parade. I was a monkey. Our theme was “5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed”.Learning to read and write.Mrs. Rozakos leavingWhen I went to a water parkI like the garden.I remember I had a parade and I was a mouse and did so much more.I remember that I was doing numbers at my class (in kindergarten).Playing soccer with Mr. Moon (my 5th grade teacher).when I went to the Harvest FestivalFirst started school, my teacherI like my teacher (Miss M) because she is nice.Joining a school Girl Scouts troop, the Chili Cook-off, and all the field tripsGirl Scouts World Thinking Day 2013I learned how to play basketball from my PE teacher.LINCOLN MEMORIESRegan-Graduating Lincoln and meeting everyone at BISKasen– My favorite school memory is field day at Lincoln because we get to play fun games.WASHINGTON MEMORIESEthan– I attend Washington Elementary and I love it because I have fun learning and making new friends in the neighborhood.
Class photo sometime in the 1950’s.