For people interested in Fontana’s history, this is a special month.
It was 70 years ago that Randall School — which is now known as West Randall Elementary School — first opened its doors in the western part of the city.
We can learn all about this significant event of Sept. 29, 1947 because of the diligent research conducted by local historian Bob Palmer, a retired teacher in the Fontana Unified School District.
Randall School was one of just three elementary schools in Fontana at that time; the others were Sierra-Seville (built in 1913) and South Fontana (1930), which was later known as Slover-Boyle, Palmer said.
Principal Winnie Nightwine greeted about 360 students and made sure they got to the eight classrooms that were available, which meant that there were 45 students per class.
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