Summerland School

Summerland’s original one-room schoolhouse held the children of the young Spiritualist community and eventually the children of families relocating to Summerland for its oil boom.

Looking back a century ago, Summerland’s oil boom resulted in a simultaneous boom in school enrollment. The one-room schoolhouse that opened in 1890 with 10  students was forced to hold 50 to 60 children in grades one through eight in the early 1900s.

The original schoolhouse was located where the tennis courts now sit beside the current school. The dirt roads leading up the steep hill to the school were often so muddy in the winter that the students wrapped their feet in gunny sacks to avoid slipping and sliding down.

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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