A father and son who grew up at East Los Angeles College

Louis C. Lopez tended the grounds and worked other jobs at East Los Angeles College for more than 20 years. When he died in 1985, Lopez left behind some photos of the school to his son, David, who made copies available to The Eastsider. The top photo, which looks to the west, shows the new campus in the midst of equally new post-war housing tracts and shopping centers. That’s Atlantic Boulevard in the foreground and the college football stadium sits near the top. The 1967 image below shows a much more heavily developed community and campus, which was eventually annexed into neighboring Monterey Park.

David Lopez, who grew up in East Los Angeles, has fond memories of the college:

“My father worked for over twenty years at the school. He maintained the ball fields and worked special events at the stadium, like the Garfield Roosevelt game. I remember being at the stadium before I could walk. I watched it go through all the changes and have very happy thoughts of my father there. I learned to catch, swim and ride a skateboard [at] the school. Even worked there during summers when i was 13. I earned my first check for over $100 working at the school. Tons of stories.”

Photos provided by David G. Lopez

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