Inventory of the Donald Greaton Gardena Collection SPC.2014.002

California State University Dominguez Hills, Gerth Archives and Special Collections
University Library South -5039 (Fifth Floor)
1000 E. Victoria St.
Carson, CA 90747

Contributing Institution: California State University Dominguez Hills, Gerth Archives and Special Collections
Title: Donald Greaton Gardena Collection
source: Gardena High School
Creator: Greaton, Donald
Identifier/Call Number: SPC.2014.002
Physical Description: 12 boxes
Physical Description: 5 Linear Feet
Date (inclusive): 1890-2004; undated
Abstract: The Donald Greaton Gardena Collection consists of yearbooks, plats, and various related school publications from Gardena High School. The yearbooks included in this collection range from 1907 until 1955 and consists of original and scanned photocopies versions. The collection also includes plat maps surrounding the Gardena High School; school-related publications, commencement and reunion programs, clippings, and other documents related to Gardena school history; and material related to Gardena history such as a land lease, a Gardena family's correspondence, and other documents.
Language of Material: English .

Scope and Contents

The Donald Greaton Gardena High School Collection (1890-2004; undated) consists of twelve boxes and 5 linear feet of various school related materials beginning from its establishment in 1907 until 2009. The collection includes Gardena High School Yearbooks from their first year in 1907 until 1955.Versions of the yearbooks are in original and photocopied form. Boxes 3, 11, and 12 (1907-1955) contains the only original copies of the yearbooks, boxes 4 – 9 (1907-1955) are of the scanned copies of the yearbooks. Box 10 includes various school related publications such as the school's history; reunion, commencement, and anniversary programs; description of class gifts; and copies of the school's paper, "The Lark". Contents also include extensive research relating to location and inhabitants of various streets and lots in Gardena, including plats, computer print-outs, directories, clippings, correspondence, and other materials.

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Gardena High School History

Gardena High School began offering classes in 1904, however, it was not until 1907 when the school became a part of the Los Angeles School district. In 1910, the Los Angeles board decided to make Gardena High School into Gardena Agricultural High School because of its location near agricultural lands. Subsequently, the school bought more land and built buildings that were more suited for agricultural learning and application. The yearbook was named, "El Arador" meaning "The Plowman" in Spanish. However, the agricultural learning project was abandoned in 1920 because of increasing expenses. In 1950, 50 acres were bought to build a new school and facilities located on 182nd St. between Normandie and Vermont. In 1956 the new site for the school held its first classes and still stands today as the current location of the Gardena High School.


Arranged in two series
  1. Series I: Plats, Gardena City History (1890, 1892, 1901, 1909,1914, 1916, 1934, 1938, 1957, 1966, 1980, undated)
  2. Series II: School Publications, Programs, History (1907-2004)

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Gardena (Calif.)
High schools
Gardena High School


Series I: Plats, Gardena City History 1890, 1892, 1901, 1909,1914, 1916, 1934, 1938, 1957, 1966, 1980, undated

Scope and Contents

This series includes various sketched and written reports on plat maps of areas near Gardena High School. Many of the plat maps have handwritten notes or drawings on them. Since most of the materials in this series are not dated, there is no specific order to the files. Also included in this series are documents related to Gardena city history and its inhabitants such as Worsham family correspondence; a land lease for Sarah and Hiram Burlingame; Gardena Masonic Temple dedication program; and other material.
box 1, folder 1

Plats-City History 1909, 1934

box 1, folder 2

Plats- Western City undated

box 1, folder 3

Plats- McCoye's Addition undated

box 1, folder 4

Plats- Below 166th Street undated

box 1, folder 5

Plats- South of Gardena Blvd., East of Vermont undated

box 1, folder 6

Plats- East of Vermont, North of Palva undated

box 1, folder 7

Plats- South of Palva undated

box 1, folder 8

Plats- Poe's and Above undated

box 1, folder 9

Plats-Wright's Subdivisions undated

box 1, folder 10

Plats- Blocks 17, 18, and 19 undated

box 1, folder 11

Plats- Moneta Tract undated

box 2, folder 1

Plats- Inter-Urban undated

box 2, folder 2

Plats- North of Redondo Beach Blvd. undated

box 2, folder 3

Plats-Redondo Beach Blvd., Palm Avenue to Gardena Blvd. undated

box 2, folder 4

Plats- Palm Avenue, Gardena Blvd., 190th St. undated

box 2, folder 5

Plats-Black/Property Records undated

box 2, folder 6

Plats-Tract/Property Records undated

box 10, folder 16

Worsham Family correspondence 1914, 1934, 1938

Scope and Contents

A majority of the correspondence is sent from Mary Evelyn to Badie Worsham, Moneta [Gardena] California.
box 10, folder 17

Lease for land of the Gardena Tract from Sarah and Hiram Burlingame to Sim Gay, Sim Gow, and Sim Bin; homestead certificates belonging to Morris J. and Lucina Sprague for land in Missouri 1890, 1892, 1901

box 10, folder 18

Dedication of Gardena Masonic Temple [program] April 27, 1957

box 10, folder 19

Letter to the president of the Gardena Chamber of Commerce regarding "Strawberry Day" postcards. Includes copies of the postcard 1916, 1966

box 10, folder 20

Gardena Valley News article regarding the oldest house in Gardena October 16, 1988

box 10, folder 21

Notes undated


Series II: School Publications, Programs, History 1907-2004

Scope and Contents

This series includes Gardena High School yearbooks (1907–1955) and other school related publications. The majority of this series consists of yearbooks. The title of the yearbook was named "The Tattler" until 1913 when it was renamed "The Arador". Included in this series are original copies and scanned copies of the yearbooks. Boxes 3, 11, and 12 (1907–1955) contain the only original copies of the yearbooks, boxes 4 – 9(1907–1955) are of the scanned copies of the yearbooks. Box 10 includes various school related publications such as the school's history, commencement, and reunion programs. This series is arranged chronologically by the year date as indicated by the yearbook or publication.
box 11, folder 1, box 12, folder 5

"The Tattler" (original copies) 1907, 1909-1912

box 11, folder 2-7

"El Arador" (original copies) 1913, 1914, [1920], 1921-1924, 1926, 1930-1931


The copy of the [1920] "El Arador" is damaged, and only a partially copy.
box 3

"El Arador" (original copies) 1932-1939

box 12, folder 1-3

"El Arador" (original copies) 1940, 1942, 1955, 1956

box 12, folder 4, box 7, folder 7

"El Arte" (original and photocopies) 1938


renamed from "El Arador"
box 4, folder 1-6

"The Tattler" (photocopies) 1907-1912

box 4, folder 7-8

"El Arador" (photocopies) 1913-1914

box 5

"El Arador" (photocopies) 1915-1922

box 6

"El Arador" (photocopies) 1923-1931

box 7, folder 1-6; 8-10

"El Arador" (photocopies) 1932-1940

box 8, box 9

"El Arador" (photocopies) 1941-1944; 1946-1950; 1955

box 10, folder 1-2

"The Lark" (school paper, originals and photocopies) January, June, October 1935; October 1936; June 1937; December 1938; March 1982

box 10, folder 3

"Golden Anniversary" 1904-1955

box 10, folder 4

Gardena Agricultural High School Gladys Lillian Adams diploma June 1914

box 10, folder 5

Gardena High School Commencement programs June 1927; 1940

box 10, folder 6

Class of 1939 50th Year Reunion; Orange County Register article regarding class of 1920 1989; 1993

box 10, folder 7

Class of 1967 30th Year Reunion 1997

box 10, folder 8

Pep Rally Program 2002

box 10, folder 9

Description of Class Gifts 2003

box 10, folder 10

"Gardena High School Art Collection Report" by Phila L. McDaniel 2003

box 10, folder 11

Diamond Jubilee Anniversary 1904-2004

box 10, folder 12

Written School History undated

box 10, folder 13

School song, "On the Old Gardena Farm" (two copies) undated

box 10, folder 14

Gardena Grammar School [photocopy of a photograph] undated

box 10, folder 15

Port Light, Vol. 17, No. 8. Newspaper of Phineas Banning High School in Wilmington, Ca. April 18, 1940