In the decade of the 1920s we find graduates Luis Alvarez, a physicist (winner of the 1968 Nobel Prize for Physics)
and Janet Gaynor (nee Laura Gainor) a 1923 graduate who, 5 years later in 1928, was the first winner of the Academy Award for Best Actress. A couple of alumni to be proud of.
School spirit in the 1920s was further enhanced with a list from our long time Principal, James Edwin Addicott. He called his list “Ten Purposes That Make for Polytechnic School
- To say and do something each day for the good of
Polytechnic High School.
- To be prompt and conscientious in duties as a student.
- To choose companions with judgment and and thought.
- To follow carefully a plan for daily study and play.
- To develop habits of honesty and industry.
- To pay promptly student body dues and to take some
part in student activities.
- To allow courtesy and good manners to rule words and
actions as a student and as a classmate.
- To make the work of others easier by doing one's own
- To take a genuine interest in the buildings and grounds
that they may ever be a credit to the student body.
- To help make Polytechnic the greatest and best High
School of California.