Background History From California’s Office of Historic Preservation:
The March 11, 1889 Act of the California Legislature authorized the establishment of a school for juvenile offenders. Dedication and laying of cornerstone was done by Governor R. W. Waterman on February 12, 1890. Officially opened as ‘Whittier State School’ for boys and girls on July 1, 1891. Girls were transferred in 1916 and only boys have been in residence since that time. Renamed ‘Fred C. Nelles School for Boys’ in 1941 (‘For Boys’ was dropped around 1970). This school has been in continuous operation serving the needs of juvenile offenders since 1891.
Location and Coordinates:
- 11850 East Whittier Boulevard, Whittier.
- 33°58’34″N 118°03’04″W
I recall driving through Whittier Boulevard many years back and would notice this landmark every morning, parking lots always full of cars and fully operational.
This landmark closed in 2004. At this time, orange cones are placed right at the entrance so you cannot even drive up to the security gate.
I just took some photographs from the outside of the landmark.