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March 8, 2011 > History: Schools in Union City

History: Schools in Union City

By Myrla Raymundo

Alvarado School
The first school in Alvarado, the first county seat of Alameda County, was private and established in 1853. It was soon changed to a public school and the current "modern" school building was erected in 1924. The District Superintendent was Leslie Maffey; Trustees were Manuel Goularte, clerk, George Hocking, president and Wilbert Hendricks. Today, the school is quite active and has won numerous awards.

Decoto School
Before July 2, 1868, children living in Decoto had to attend Alvarado, Alviso or Centerville Schools. In 1868, the Cosmopolitan School District was formed. L. W. Musick was the District Superintendent and trustees were Alwin Searles, William Davis and Manuel White. J. G. Clark housed Decoto School on property he owned that is now Dry Creek Apartments. After a new schoolhouse was built in 1883, the old schoolhouse became the home of Henry May, Clara Whipple May, and their three children Henry Jr., Gertrude, and Marjorie. The old schoolhouse is now the Dry Creek Apartment manager's residence. The current Decoto School was built in 1929.

Other Schools
At present, educational needs of Union City residents are served by the New Haven Unified School District (NHUSD), which also serves south Hayward. In all, the district has approximately 13,800 students attending twelve schools: eight elementary schools serving grades kindergarten through 5; three middle schools serving grades 6-9 and one high school. The newest addition, Delaine Eastin Elementary School, is located on the west side of Union City Boulevard.

NHUSD elementary schools are: Alvarado Elementary School, Cabello Elementary School, Decoto Elementary School, El Rancho Verde School, Hillview Crest Elementary School and Searles Elementary School. Middle schools include: Alvarado Middle School, Barnard-White Middle School and the New Haven Middle School. There is only one high school serving the district, James Logan High School The district also has an Adult School and a Head Start program.

In addition to the public schools, several private academic schools operate within the City including Our Lady of the Rosary, Purple Lotus Society, Semore School and Union City Christian Academy.

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