Students at Sycamore School. 1925. Orange County, California. Shades of Orange Cypress Street Barrio Collection. Courtesy of Orange Public Library.
Mexican American students pictured in front of a segregated school referred to as “The Barn” or “The Mexican School” in 1925. The Barn predated Cypress Street School and was located at West Sycamore Avenue and North Lemon Street, Orange, California. Pictured are: Ismael Nava, Connie (Consuelo) Olivos, Ysidra Balderrama, Juanita Villalobos, Frances Beltran, Juan Alcantar, Felicitas Alcantar, Hilario Olivos, Ysidoro Montoya, Rudy (unknown), Salvador Villalobos, Agapito Valdivia, Antonia Picasso, Marcelina Chavez, Antonia, Garcia, Placida Chavez, Rafaela Nava, Jack De Leon, unknown, Rene Paredez, Ernie Quin, unknown, Ricardo Martinez, Ted Aguirre.
Former Students Visit Schoolhouse. Circa 1945. Orange, California. Shades of Orange Cypress Street Barrio Collection. Courtesy of Orange Public Library.
Beatrice Vasquez, Johnny Atliano and Irene Cruz standing in front of the Cypress Street School. Johnny Atliano was a soldier in the Army during WWII.
Class Photo of Students in Segregated School.1935. Cypress Street School, Orange, California. Courtesy of Orange Public Library.
1st Row: Alphonso Alvarado, Librado Alonzo, Angel Robles, Johnie Rodriguez, Angel Martinez, Fred Barrera, John Montoya, Clyde Lopez, Jesus Gallardo, Lalo Garcia, Manuel Valdivia.
2nd Row: Maria Macias, Amelia De Leon, Rebecca Escobedo, Lorenza Garcia, Nicolas Pacaso, Angelina Flores, Celia Cruz, Joe Martinez, Ermelinda Peralta, Arthur Munoz.
3rd Row: Ema Cornejo, Lupe Cornejo, Elvira Salcedo, Jose Luna, Esther Luna, Ramona Beltran, Carmen Escobedo.
4th Row: Mrs. Robinson, Teacher, Martha Martinez, Lola Macias, Eisabel Flores, Vivian Martines, Josie Chavez, Helen Diaz, Crecentia Peralta, Concha Poblano.
Identified by Esther Luna Poblano, January 25, 2004.
Former Segregated Schoolhouse. Photographer unknown. Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license, October 1, 2016. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved August 12, 2021.
Cypress Street Schoolhouse, now renovated and houses Chapman University, in the City of Orange, Orange County, California. The Cypress Street School, located at 544 North Cypress Street, in the city of Orange is the last standing formerly Mexican American segregated school in Southern California. The school operated as a segregated school from 1931 to 1944.
Garcia Residence, 185 North Cypress Street. 1935. Orange, California. Shades of Orange Cypress Street Barrio Collection. Courtesy of Orange Public Library.
Members of the Garcia family, including Luis Garcia with his daughters, Leonicia and Guadalupe “Lupe,” at their home located at 185 North Cypress Street, Orange. Relatives of the Garcia family continue to live in the home.
Chavez Brothers on Santa Fe Tracks. Circa 1941. Orange, California. Shades of Orange Cypress Street Barrio Collection. Courtesy of Orange Public Library.
Cypress Street Barrio residents John Chavez (left), Rudy Chavez (middle), and Norman Chavez (right), sitting on the Santa Fe railroad tracks between North Cypress Street and North Lemon Street in 1941.
Angie Lopez & Friends Hanging on Side of Train. Circa 1943. Orange, California. Shades of Orange Cypress Street Barrio Collection. Courtesy of Orange Public Library.
Angie Lopez, (middle with white shoes), is pictured with her friends on a Santa Fe Railroad boxcar ladder. The Santiago Orange Growers Association packinghouse was to the left of the boxcars in this image.
Lewis Court. 1945. Orange, California. Shades of Orange Cypress Street Barrio Collection. Courtesy of Orange Public Library.
Located at 442 North Cypress Street, Orange, California, Lewis Court was a rental community for people of Mexican descent. Individual units lacked addresses. Instead, mail was delivered to a store located in front of the units.
Alfred Poblano in Front of La Casita Restaurant. 1948. Orange, California. Shades of Orange Cypress Street Barrio Collection. Courtesy of Orange Public Library.
Alfred Poblano in front of La Casita Restaurant circa 1948, located at 129 North Cypress Street, Orange, California. At the time, restaurant owners were not allowed to advertise using “Mexican” as a description. Instead, a sign reads, “Spanish Dishes.”
Introduction - The Ku Klux Klan and Racial Tensions Before WWII (Items 1-10) - Did You Know? (items 11-16)
Lighter Than Air (Items 17-29) - Did You Know? (items 30-33) - Orange County Air Corps Training Center (Items 34-48)
Did You Know? (items 49-54) - Jewish Community Blossoms in Orange County (Items 55-63) - Did You Know? (items 64-69)
Japanese Internment Camps (Items 70-79) - The Sleepy Lagoon and Zoot Suit Riots (Items 80-90)
Growth of the Mexican Community in Orange County (Items 91-101) - Barrio Life (Items 102-111)