Ridgetop Elementary Celebrates 70th Birthday

By: ralphbarrera

Nov 06 2009


Category: Photojournalism

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Focal Length:17mm
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Camera:Canon EOS-1D Mark II N

Ridgetop elementary school in northeast Austin celebrates its 70th birthday with a parade of the decades around the school grounds by the student body. Evening events include performances by Ballet Folklorico, the Biscuit Brothers and the Gourds, with Texas Senator Kirk Watson reading a proclamation. First graders in teachers’ Carmela Valdez and Tana Tinsley’s classes represent the 1980’s decade which featured the Pac-Man groupo from left Dylan Lopez, Daniel Alvarez, Charlie Ulloa, Jorge Reyes and Jonah Pertolantiz. Ridegtop was established as a Travis County school in 1917. It joined the Austin Independent School District in 1924 when the Highlands area was annexed by the city of Austin. In 1939, a six-room brick building was built that is in use today. In 1948, an eight-room addition with classrooms, a library and a gym was built. The school got its name Ridgetop because of its location on higher ground.

Photo by Ralph Barrera/Austin American-Statesman


One comment on “Ridgetop Elementary Celebrates 70th Birthday”

  1. did you know my class in third grade buried a time capsule there! around 1966 or 67 i think? and my also went there too! if you could give someone to email i sure would appreciate it! i cant find any historical site to write too or friends from the mid 1960 to talk to about our class time capsule we buried! it should still be there! thnx

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