The City newsletter has the details on the groundbreaking here. The particulars are
Hoover Elementary School – Groundbreaking on the first public elementary school in Burlingame in over 50 years. “A former school site is once again a neighborhood elementary school”
Hoover Elementary School, 2220 Summit Drive
April 23, 2013, 10:00-11:00am
Hoover Elementary School opened in 1931, and included the construction of the Lou Henry Hoover Amphitheater in 1938. The site continued as an elementary school until it closed in 1979 due to overall declining enrollment in the Burlingame School District.
Our local columnist, John Horgan, with the longest memory around has more details in his San Mateo County Times-News column here with the ironic part being the shift from parents during the Carter Administration protesting the closure and now
Ironically, many in the Hoover attendance area aren't happy. They view its impending reincarnation as a mistake. One of their main arguments against the decision involves an expected increase in traffic congestion.
There is even litigation involved. Goodness, how times (and attitudes) change. If there are any of the Hoover families left from that contentious period during the Carter administration, they must be shaking their heads in stunned wonderment. Whatever happened to the vocal desire to maintain that cherished neighborhood academic institution?
It is quite a surprising turn of events but I guess 34 years is a long time and perhaps the Hillsborough side of the neighborhood (where the lawsuit originates) is less engaged than in 1979?