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March 19, 2013 > Save the Hayward High 'H'

Save the Hayward High 'H'

Submitted By Bruce Roberts

A huge concrete H resides on the steep hillside behind the Safeway on Foothill Blvd. Now obscured by trees and brush, this was once the proud symbol of Hayward High School (HHS), whose magnificent old campus covered the entire area now occupied by Safeway, other businesses, and apartments. The campus even went across the creek. Before any other high schools, before Chabot, before Cal State, this was the educational, social, and cultural center of the town for over fifty years.

The Hayward High 'Save the H' committee would like to offer all those interested in Hayward, and Hayward High School history, the opportunity to preserve this valuable local monument and ensure a place in Hayward history as well, by urging you to buy a brick - professionally engraved and dedicated to someone special - teacher, friend, yourself?

These bricks will be installed in a patio, at the base of the H hill, along with benches and informational signs about the significance of the H and this site in Hayward history. Trees and brush will be cleared so that the H is visible from below. A piece of Hayward history will live on in the memories of all those who visit this site.

Of course all this costs money; thus, we are requesting a donation of $100 for each brick. To become part of this important historical project, please include the information/dedication you wish to be placed on the brick. You may have from one to three lines on your brick, with no more than 15 characters per line and a space counts as a character. Attach your check for $100 per brick ordered, along with the accompanying brick message, your name, address and phone number.

Checks should be made out to the Hayward Historical Society (Tax deductible, of course). Be sure to write "Save the H" on your check. Mail to: Hayward Historical Society, Attention: Alison Wentz, 22380 Foothill Blvd., Hayward, CA 94541.

For all of your valuable high school memories, for all the current residents who have no idea of the awesome high school we had, for all the wonderful history of our home town, the Save the H committee thanks you for your donation.

Save the H Committee:
Guy Sandoval (son of Hayward historian Jonathan Sandoval, former HHS teacher), Francisco Zermeno (Hayward City Councilman and non-stop promoter of Hayward) and Bruce Roberts (grandson of Frederic Johnson, HHS principal from 1911 to 1935).

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