Structure Type: built works - public buildings - schools - high schools

Designers: Allen, Frank S., Architect (firm); Krucker, Frank G., Architect (firm); Frank Shaver Allen (architect); Frank George Krucker (architect)

Dates: constructed 1905

view all images ( of 1 shown)

South Gaffey Street
Los Angeles, CA 90731

OpenStreetMap (new tab)
Google Map (new tab)
click to view google map
Gaffey Street, between West 12th Street and West 13th Street;

Building History

The then-independent city of San Pedro, CA, purchased land from the Mexican land grant heiress, Rudecinda Sepulveda de Dodson (and her husband, James Dodson, [married 1881]), for the high school just prior to 1905. Rudecinda Sepulveda was the granddaughter of Delores Sepulveda, owner of Rancho Palos Verdes. The school had two stories, plus an elevated basement level, and was Neo-Classical in style.

Building Notes

According to historian Ruth Wesson, "San Pedro High School has existed since 1903 when its first students gathered in the three rooms in the Sixteenth (now Fifteenth) Street School. Typically the 23 students organized themselves into a student body with a constitution written and adopted by October 20, 1903." (See Ruth Wesson, "San Pedro High School," The Shoreline, 06/1989, p. 51. online atAccessed 04/07/2011.) A new school building was built in 1905 and enlarged as the port of San Pedro grew, particularly after the town's annexation to Los Angeles, CA, in 1909.


Two new buildings housing classrooms for manual training and domestic science instruction were added in 1912; as San Pedro is and was a major port, boat building was taught in manual arts classes in 1913.

In 1922, architect Frank G. Krucker had drawn up plans for two more additions to the San Pedro High School. The Southwest Builder and Contractor noted in its issue of 05/19/1922: "San Pedro High School--Architect Frank G. Krucker, 500 Ferguson Building, has completed plans for two additions, 95x73 each, at San Pedro high school. Two-sto. and basement, reinf. concr. and brick constr., plas. exterior., tile rfg., pine trim, maple fls., reinf. concr. stairways and corridor fls; $118,000. The board of education will advertise for bids shortly." (See "Building News," Southwest Builder and Contractor, 05/19/1922, p. 29.)

PCAD id: 6545