Diego County Juvenile Hall Dedication
Monday, June 21, 1954
"In 1954, the average daily attendance of the Anthony Home was 115. Juvenile Hall was completed at a price of $1,250,000 in 1954. Dedication ceremonies occurred on Monday, June 21, 1954. A tour followed. Ninety-one wards were transferred from the Anthony Home to Juvenile Hall on June 30, 1954. After the move, the Anthony Home’s maximum-security unit served as an adult jail and the school served mentally handicapped children. The original Kearny Mesa Juvenile Hall included five units with a designed capacity of 111, but could accommodate up to 160 with double bunking. Three units were designed for 68 boys and two units were designed to house 43 girls. The Evening Tribune reported experts called it the finest juvenile detention facility in the United States at the time. Juvenile Hall incorporated all the latest advancements in juvenile detention facilities including: concrete construction, a visual control point, a centralized kitchen, heated carts eliminating the need for a large dining room, individual units, and separate classrooms and play yards from the living unit."
Another article, San Diego Union Tribune, Feb.14, 2009
Yet another: County Government, in response to Glenn L. Durden's question
in Facebook's "Growing Up In San Diego" group
These images are scans
from 35mm slides given to me by a
member of the Juvenile Hall staff. He had found them in trash gathered
when a Counselor station was renovated. My guess is these were the culls
from a roll of Kodachrome. The missing frames had to have been better
than what we see here. The good ones have survived, somewhere, I hope.
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