Mill School - San Bernardino

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Date: About 1910 to 1967
Location: San Bernardino, California, United Statesmap
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Mill School began as a small, rural elementary school in south San Bernardino, originally serving students outside of the city limits. (I cannot find the exact date it opened.)

In the late 1930s and early 1940s, many African American families moved into the district and by the 40s, the school was predominately Black. Dorothy Ella Ingraham, a San Bernardino native, became the first African American teacher and went on to become the Superintendent of the Mill School District.

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Poncys who attended Mill School were Art Poncy, Henry Poncy, Raymond Poncy, Lawrence Poncy, Francis C. "Pat" Poncy. Patricia Ann Poncy also attended for one year in about 1950 or 1951.
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Understanding the history of schools like Mill School enriches our understanding of the challenges, triumphs, and progress made in the realm of education and civil rights. It's a reminder of the power of education to shape and be shaped by its context, reflecting the values, struggles, and achievements of the communities it serves. By acknowledging and preserving such narratives, we ensure that the contributions and struggles of those who paved the way are not forgotten, serving as a source of inspiration for current and future generations.

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