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Historic photos show Petaluma High School more than 100 years ago

Petaluma High school was the first public high school in Sonoma County and one of the first co-educational centers in the state. Opened in 1873, the historic school has educated countless Petaluma residents in its 146 years.

Famous Petaluma High School residents have included “Stranger Things” actress Winona Ryder, early NFL star Duke Iverson and Hollywood Walk of Fame actor Lloyd Bridges.

Although it has been around for 146 years the school has had several locations. The original wood-framed school was located in the historic D Street neighborhood when it opened to students in 1873. Famed Petaluma architect Brainerd Jones built a second school on Keller and Oak streets in 1895. The campus moved in 1935 to its current location on Fair Street, where it has been remodeled and expanded through the years.

Janet Balicki Weber

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