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Castilleja celebrates a century of schooling

Original post made on Sep 29, 2007

A patch of Palo Alto is turning red and white Friday when revelers don Castilleja School's colors for a 100th birthday celebration. The on-campus bash looks back on a century of all-girls education — a practice not always embraced, said alumna and history teacher Heather Pang.

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Posted by ps
a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 29, 2007 at 11:42 am

I could stand to learn how to eat an orange daintily and I am a fully evolved modern woman.

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Posted by Elaine Womack
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Oct 5, 2007 at 4:08 pm

How about trips to Appalachia, or North Dakota's tribelands, to learn about human rights, and impoverished living conditions? I'm amazed at the amount of money spent on spiffy junkets to the rest of the world by our privileged kids, while problems go festering at home.

I see this play out in the latest rush to the trendy world of establishment funded "social entrepreneurship", where solutions are created by Ivy League graduates for those in far off lands, while remaining allergic to the travails of their fellow contry men and women.

Elitism just rubs me the wrong way, I guess.

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Posted by Casti Girl
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 18, 2007 at 12:39 am

Just for your information Elaine Womack, I am a student at Castilleja and we have a global week every year to raise our global awareness, and many speakers and assemblies about global issues. Just last week we spent the whole day volunteering to help kids from an East Palo Alto School and donated over 10,000 books as a school to East Palo Alto Charter school, kipp academy, and YES reading. The party was intended as a gathering for alumni to reunite and to culminate the centennial achievements of the school!

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Posted by Roberta Lopez
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Dec 30, 2007 at 3:21 pm

Castilleja is a fine college prep school for young women. It is also a business, and must complete for the best applicants and the revenue that comes along.

An annual global week, along with trips overseas looks good in the annual report, and marketing literature.

That is why Elaine Womack is right. Trips to North Dakota and Appalachia are not exciting. 'Spiffy Junkets' for all students appeals.

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Posted by Casti Alumna
a resident of South of Midtown
on Jun 11, 2015 at 10:02 pm

@ Elaine Womack: you really don't have a clue what Castilleja is all about. It was founded as a place for girls to get the highest quality education and it still delivers. Is that "elitism" or is it helping girls excel and become the best people they can? Or would you rather girls with the potential to become members of the president's cabinet, doctors, social workers, rock stars and strong, independent women settled for coming in second to the boys in the classroom? Because that still happens at a whole lot of public schools: it isn't fashionable for girls to be smart - I work with teenagers and that is still as true as it ever was.