School House & Towne Ranch
Claremont’s first high school building open at the corner of Foothill and Indian Hill Boulevard in September 1911. Claremont High School moved up Indian Hill in 1971, but the old high school building still anchors the neighborhood. Today the neighborhood is home to a variety of historic California mid-century homes, Claremont High School, Condit Elementary School, and Cahuilla Park. Its homes have traditionally attracted professionals and professors with families thanks to its proximity to schools, large lots, and well-appointed public park.
The area was once filled with orange groves, but was developed into homes in the 1950s. I think the debate over the first housing development in the neighborhood stands out as an example of how Claremonters have come together, organized, and solved pressing problems facing the community.
In 1952 Stuart Towne, a Claremont City Councilperson and prominent citrus grower, petitioned to convert his citrus ranch into what is now the Towne Ranch subdivision. Negative reactions from residents over his plans, and an uneasiness about how Claremont would adapt to increasingly rapid post-war growth, caused the City Council to convene a public meeting about the future of Claremont. The Citizens Committee for Claremont was formed from these meetings, which eventually led to the city adopting its first master plan in 1956.
To me this story represents how Claremont works best: strong leadership from the City Council leading to community involvement, discussion, organization, and ultimately positive change. This is how I approach challenges facing Claremont, and how I will serve on the City Council.