Principal Frank Wykoff

Principal Frank Wykoff leads Carpinteria students to their new elementary school.

In 1939, Carpinteria students moved out of a drafty, noisy tent school behind today’s Carpinteria Middle School and into a newly constructed, long-awaited elementary school on 8th Street. The school would eventually come to be known as Main School, a reference to its use as the main elementary school in Carpinteria, and is now the home of Carpinteria’s Children Project. Students had occupied the tent school for fear that the former elementary school would be susceptible to collapse if an earthquake were to hit.

In the photo at right, school principal Frank Wykoff exuberantly leads students to the new elementary school, where classes resumed. Wykoff ran with a well-trained stride, the same stride that earned him the nickname “The World’s Fastest Man” as well as medals in the Olympic Games of 1928, 1932 and 1936.

Carpinteria Unified School District students return to their classrooms on Monday, Aug. 26.

To learn more about Carpinteria’s unique and interesting past, visit the Carpinteria Valley Museum of History, open Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at 956 Maple Ave.

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