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Gulf Stream: School looking for help with its history

Gulf Stream School administrators are asking residents to donate historic photos, old yearbooks, uniforms and other memorabilia of the early decades of the school. Photo provided

By Rich Pollack

    If you went to Gulf Stream School and have old uniforms, photographs, yearbooks or even old paperweights, your alma mater wants to hear from you.
    As the school prepares to celebrate its 75th anniversary later this year, members of the event’s planning committee are collecting memorabilia that will be on display at the school and during a gala celebration on Dec. 7.
    Committee members have already sifted through dozens of boxes of photographs and old papers taken from archives and attics, but the search continues — especially for some early yearbooks as well as for items that reflect the school’s history and traditions.
    “If former students or their relatives have old uniforms they’d like to share with us, that would be great,” says Casey Wilson, Gulf Stream School’s director of development.
    Wilson said the committee is especially in need of items from the early years of the school, which was started by Ada Belle and Bill Johnston, who came to Florida from Connecticut in 1938 in search of a better climate for their daughter Judith, who suffered from asthma.
    “We have all the yearbooks from the 1970s on up, but we’re still missing several from the 1950s and ’60s,” Wilson said.
    In addition to looking for these items, committee members also are searching for alumni and their relatives who can help identify some of the students and faculty members whose images were captured in early photographs.
    “There are a lot of names of students from the early years that we just don’t know,” Wilson said.
    The committee is also inviting former students to come by and share their memories.
    “I’m sure there are a lot of stories we haven’t heard,” Wilson said.
    To share memories or memorabilia with Gulf Stream School, contact Casey Wilson at 276-5225 or at cwilson@gulfstreamschool.org.

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