Slideshow - Life on Bainbridge Island before WWII, School Slideshow

By 1940 people of Japanese descent made up approximately 8% of the residents of Bainbridge Island. These were primarily young families each with several school–aged children. The following class photos taken in the years before World War Two show a diversified student body with nearly 25% Japanese Americans. The Bainbridge Island schools proved to be a melting pot for the children and grandchildren of immigrants from around the world. Though they did not socialize much outside of school, while in class, on the playground, on sports teams, and as school leaders, these classmates developed friendships that crossed both social and economic lines. Today we are able to identify many of the faces in these photos because these close classmates have not forgotten each other. Several can recognize and name their friends even six decades later.

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