Benjamin Franklin Junior High School
in Broadmoor Village, CA is part of the Jefferson Elementary School District which is a K-8 school district headquartered in Daly City, San Mateo County, California, and serving Daly City, Colma, Broadmoor, and part of Pacifica.
Above was my Block that I was awarded for extra curricula work at Ben Franklin. I attended Garden Village Elementary School from Sept 1960 to June 1967 (Kindergarten through 6th Grade). The above “G.V.” block was awarded for similar work.
Before the street was built the play yards for both schools was separated by a chain link fence only. This ramp that leads down to the baseball diamond on Ben Franklin’s campus was originally a gate that was open only when the gardeners we mowing the lawns for both schools.
While in the 8th grade I was awarded a block for being on the Baseball team. Believe me folks, I had fun but I’m a MUCH better musician! Speaking of which, here is a lady who is one of the BIGGEST influences on my music.
Meet Mrs. Carolyn Scwartz, the Choir director at Ben Franklin. While in 7th Grade I took her music appreciation class. She was NOT an Elvis Presley fan! Yet the class wound up being the perfect exchange of attitudes. Mrs. Scwartz opened my mind to the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, James Brown and a fella no one in the U.S. had yet heard of named Gordon Lightfoot. Up to that point I listen mostly to Elvis Presley records at home.
In return, as a class assignment, I turned in this, my report on Elvis Presley. After reading my report she definitely had a change of heart. My friend Jana Wirch remembers in class when she handed back our reports, that she mentioned my report specifically and complemented me on how through I was in front of the whole class.
The following year I joined the choir. After being in the choirs in 5th and 6th grades plus being in the honor choirs both years, I didn’t sign up for choir in 7th grade. I realized how much I missed it, so in 8th grade I come back to the fold and Mrs. Schwartz was our director.
I recently found this article from the local paper that my Mom must have cut out. For years, I thought this competition was at Crestmoor High School in San Bruno, CA. Thanx Mom, the memory can do strange things. It was actually at Aragon High School in San Mateo, CA.
If you’re good and confused as to where Broadmoor Village is vs. Colma, vs. Daly City, might I shamelessly suggest my book on my hometown. Just click on the photo of the book or on the link below to order it on line: