Friday, January 22, 2010

BIRMINGHAM HIGH SCHOOL / HOSPITAL MYSTERY TUNNELS

2010 The Year of Valley Adventures

Huell Howser had a program on KCET this week on the Los Angeles County - USC Hospital, a part of which showed extensive underground tunnels in the complex. That must have triggered folks to think about tunnels in their lives.
Today, I got a call from a gentleman living in Encino Park, about tunnels that he once explored while a student at Birmingham High School.
If you know more about these tunnels, your Museum would like to hear from you.

And, speaking of Birmingham High School, if any of you are interested in heading up a Committee for Birmingham High School / Birmingham Hospital History, please contact your Museum today. Our telephone number is: 1 (818) 347-9665

Have a nice, a little less rainy day. Jerry Fecht

4 comments:

fredaberk said...

During World War II, a small U.S. Army hospital was built where Birmingham High School and Will Rogers Continuation School now stand. These buildings were constructed with extra thick walls to help withstand bomb blasts, and it seems likely to me that there were also tunnesls leading from them, for furthur protection and escape. The continuation school still occupies the remaining hospital buildings.

Mr. Footprint said...

I started attending Birmingham when it opened as a Junior High in 1953 -

It still had the Air/Observation tower out front to spot enemy planes during WW2. -

The tunnels were a quick way to get from English class to the Boy's Gym, altho we wern't supposed to use them!

"Francis, the Takling Mule" with Donald O'conner was filmed there in the 50's.

The school was dedicated by Jay Silverheels ("Tonto") and several Valley Indian Chiefs, which makes me mad that the ACLU and others forced the Name change, since the school was founded on American Indian befiefs & customs.

I still have the first few yearbooks from the Opening of Birmingham.

(elvis58@cinci.rr.com)

Mr. Footprint said...

I started attending Birmingham when it opened as a Junior High in 1953 -

It still had the Air/Observation tower out front to spot enemy planes during WW2. -

The tunnels were a quick way to get from English class to the Boy's Gym, altho we wern't supposed to use them!

"Francis, the Takling Mule" with Donald O'conner was filmed there in the 50's.

The school was dedicated by Jay Silverheels ("Tonto") and several Valley Indian Chiefs, which makes me mad that the ACLU and others forced the Name change, since the school was founded on American Indian befiefs & customs.

I still have the first few yearbooks from the Opening of Birmingham.

(elvis58@cinci.rr.com)

scott davidson said...

What an interesting blog, introduced by a thought-provoking photo. The unusual wall painting of the dwellings is also a strangely modern interpretation. Something like this hieroglyphic view of a park by Swiss painter Paul Klee, http://EN.WahooArt.com/A55A04/w.nsf/OPRA/BRUE-8LT475.
The image can be seen at wahooart.com who can supply you with a canvas print of it.