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The day we moved in
Sunset Hill School
When Mrs. A. Ross Hill, Mrs. William T. Pat-
ton, and Mrs. Justin Bowersock founded Sunset Hill
School in 1913, they intended to establish a school
which "would be tree to put into practice progres-
sive educational theory." With this purpose in mind,
the school opened at Mrs. Hill's home in the fall of
1913. The next year it moved to 420 W. 57th Street,
and in 1919 entered the present mainbuilding and
lower school building.
Sunset started as a grade school with .lulia
Wood as its principal. In 1915, when Eleanor Field
became principal, boys were admitted through the
third grade, and French, folk-dancing, sewing,
weaving, wood -and metal work, cooking, and na-
ture study were added to the curriculum.
ln 1917 Helen Ericson became principal llater
headmistressl, and by 1919 classes were taught
from nursery school through 12th grade, as they
are now. The curriculum was also very similar to
ours today, but French was begun in kindergarten.
Miss Ericson was also responsible for many of our
5 Oth Anniversary
Sunset Hill traditions, including Vespers, Revels, and
May Day. May Day has changed considerably,
however, for when Miss Ericson was here, May
Day consisted mainly of a poetry contest.
Mrs. Green came to Sunset in 1939, and since
then the school has grown to its present large en-
rollment and won an outstanding reputation as a
college preparatory school. During her adminis-
tration the first yearbook was published in 1954,
and the Mellon Building, Holmes Building, and
High School Building were added.
Instead of reading statistics, however, one can
probably best understand how Sunset has changed
and grown by looking at one class, the class of
1927 ln 1927 the gym was dedicated, the school
colors were green and white, Sunset beat Barstow
in both hockey and basketball, College Boards
were in June, and The Senior Gift was the por-
trait of Helen Ericson, headmistress, which now
hangs over the senior stairs.