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Old 07-21-2013, 10:55 PM   #12
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Hart High School

In 1944, local families, tired of having students bused to San Fernando High School, gained the right to establish their very own secondary schools.

The following year, a group of 73 ninth graders set up a school using part of the existing Newhall Elementary campus to become the first high school class in the new William S. Hart Union High School District. Ironically, the area was originally given the title the Santa Clarita High School District, but the name was soon changed to honor William S. Hart, the local western film star and community benefactor.

Reportedly, Hart was very touched by the board of education naming both district and school after him, for he had suggested General Fremont High School. And although it is said that cowboy actor Hart's affinity for Indians was well known, it had no bearing on the new school's nickname.

According to committee member Gwen (Booth) Gallion, it was in the spring of 1946 that students selected the nickname Indians and maroon and gray for school colors. Gwen says the process was one of choosing symbols that would distinguish Hart from a chalkboard list of banners that represented existing nearby schools. Colors were changed to red and black in the sixties because of difficulty in matching maroon hues.
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