M-A Through History By lynn butzlaff

The construction of M-A began on March 8, 1950, during a major development boom in Menlo Park after World War II. Originally, the land was part of the large Pulgas Ranch, so the city held a local election to decide whether or not to buy the land in order to build a school. As a result, an overwhelming majority approved the construction of the school, which many speculate to be due to the involvement of Stanford students who lived across the street. The original campus had 12 buildings with 35 classrooms, enough to accommodate 1,015 students. On September 24, 1951, M-A officially opened its doors for the first day of school.

1952, area that is now in front of the PAC

1953, the construction of Ayers Gym; M-A's first every gymnasium.

1955, Completed Gym

1954, B wing from staff parking lot.

1955, Hello Hall.

1955, the B wing and Admin Building.

1955, Front Office.

1955, Pride Hall.

1963, M-A campus
M-A campus today

Photos by Celeste Levy and from the M-A yearbooks

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