The Canoga Park High School Collection
consists of photocopies of the student newspaper, commencement programs, playbills,
football rosters and schedules, programs from installation and awards ceremonies, and
high school events. The collection also contains programs for community and holiday
events, a yearbook, and Ermon K. Hicks’ graduation announcement. The History of Canoga
Park High School is documented by two publications, the first a narrative fragment
compiled from the Canoga Park High School History Scrapbook, and the second, a
collection of letters written to the school, the school principal, or members of the
faculty by alumni in military service during World War II.
Canoga Park High School (CPHS) is the oldest high school in the west San Fernando
Valley. It opened with 14 students and 2 teachers on October 4, 1914. CPHS was
originally named Owensmouth High School. In 1914, CPHS was located on the second floor
of Owensmouth Grammar School. The first graduation on the campus of Owensmouth High
School occurred in June 1916. The graduating class consisted of two students, Edith Haas
and Solly H. Patrick. On September 11, 1916, Owensmouth High started the school year
with a new building and a new location at 6850 Topanga Canyon Blvd. in Canoga Park.
Included in the new campus was an open air theater known as the Greek Theater which
served as a venue for entertainment, plays and commencements.
Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s)
of this collection has not been transferred to California State University,
Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or
reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond
that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners.
Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of
the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
This collection is open for research use.