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Golden Oak Adult School — still going strong


Posted: June 29, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 29, 2014 2:00 a.m.
The Golden Oak Adult School graduating class of 2014. The Golden Oak Adult School graduating class of 2014.
The Golden Oak Adult School graduating class of 2014.

Way back in 1949, a number of interesting events took place including:

• the first broadcasts from Los Angeles based KTTV TV (channel 11) and KNBH, now KNBC TV, (channel 4)

• then President Harry Truman labeling his administration the “Fair Deal”

• RCA releasing its first single record ever (45 rpm)

• Joe DiMaggio becoming the first $100,000/year baseball player (NY Yankees)

• a USAF plane beginning the first nonstop flight around-the-world

• the first automatic street light going into operation (New Milford, Ct); Mrs. Georgia Neese Clark of Kansas becoming the first woman treasurer of the U.S.

• the NBL & NBAA merging into the National Basketball Association

• the flight of the first jet-propelled airline (De Havilland Comet)

• “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” appearing on music charts and in Santa Clarita

• Golden Oak’s first graduating class stepping on the stage.

One of Santa Clarita’s best-kept secrets, Golden Oak (or GO as some of our staff and friends like to call it) has been providing that same opportunity year after year since then.

This year marks the 66th time that our students obtained that milestone.

Although the number of students graduating may appear small in comparison to say, a comprehensive high school, don’t make the mistake of equating size with enthusiasm, or effort, or dedication, or any of the other words we use to describe diligence and focus.

For the students who graduate from Golden Oak have come back (sometimes from fairly difficult circumstances) to finish the job!

Their personal stories vary, but a common thread the staff finds is the commitment that each of our student’s has to moving forward in their own lives, and working to accomplish something to better their situation and that of their loved ones.

And so the staff of Golden Oak Adult School, and the administration of the William S. Hart Union High School District, salute each of our Golden Oak graduates for not giving up, and instead continuing to strive to move forward and grow.

Another year, another graduating class — 66 to be exact.


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