Sierra Madre is a city in Los Angeles County, California whose population was 10,917 at the 2010 U.S. Census, up from 10,580 at the time of the 2000 U.S. Census. The city is located in the foothills of the San Gabriel Valley below the southern edge of the Angeles National Forest. Pasadena and Altadena are to its west, with Arcadia to its south and east. Sierra Madre is known as “Wisteria City”, and its city seal is decorated with a drawing of the now widely known 500-foot (150 m) vine. It is also called the “Village of the Foothills” and was an All-America City in 2007.
Public and private schools within Sierra Madre provide education for children from preschool through high school. The City of Sierra Madre is served by the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD), which also serves the adjacent City of Pasadena, California. Within the City, there is one public elementary and middle school, Sierra Madre Elementary School, which is housed on two campuses overseen by PUSD. The public high school for Sierra Madre Residents is located in the City of Pasadena, California. The City is home to several private schools, including: three preschools, three K-8 institutions, and one high school.
Schools Located in the City of Sierra Madre
Public School for Grades Pre-K to 8
Sierra Madre Elementary School
Lower Campus – 141 West Highland Avenue, Sierra Madre, CA 91024, Phone: (626) 396-5890
Upper Campus – 160 North Canon, Sierra Madre, Ca 91024, Phone: (626) 396-5910
Public Schools Grades Pre-K to 12 (PUSD high schools are located in the City of Pasadena)
Pasadena Unified School District
Mama Pete’s Nursery School, 71 Suffolk Avenue, Sierra Madre, CA 91024, (626) 355-9567
Sierra Madre Community Nursery School, 701 E Sierra Madre Boulevard, Sierra Madre, CA 91024, Phone: (626) 355-1655
Grades K to 8
Bethany Christian, 93 N Baldwin Ave # B Avenue, Sierra Madre, Ca 91024, Phone: (626) 355-3527
St. Rita Catholic School, 322 N. Baldwin Avenue, Sierra Madre, CA 91024, Phone: (626) 355-6114
The Gooden School, 192 North Baldwin Avenue, Sierra Madre, CA 91024, Phone: (626) 355-2410
Alverno High School, 200 North Michillinda Avenue, Sierra Madre, CA 91024-1699, Phone: (626) 355-3463
Colleges and Universities
In the surrounding community, the following post high school educational opportunities exist (within a 20 mile radius of the City of Sierra Madre). Sierra Madre City College is a local community group and does not provide post high school education.
Mount San Antonio College
Mt. Sierra College
Pasadena City College
Rio Hondo College
Santa Monica City College
California Institute of the Arts
Fullerton Theological Seminary
University of La Verne
University of Southern California
University of California, Los Angeles
California State University at Los Angeles;
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
California State University, Long Beach
Data: City of Sierra Madre Site
On October 6, 1950, the last Pacific Electric train left from Sierra Madre. In 1951, Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team was established by Larry Shepherd and Fred LaLone. Sierra Madre joined the Pasadena Unified School District In 1961. In 1967, Britains’s Princess Margaret visited the British Home in Sierra Madre. The Cultural Heritage Committee was established in 1969 by the Sierra Madre City Council with the intent of “defining cultural and aesthetic landmarks throughout the City of Sierra Madre and to recommend how such landmarks be preserved.” In 1969, the city purchased the Woman’s Clubhouse to be demolished and become the site of a new City Hall building. Predominately through the efforts of a few dedicated Sierra Madre residents, the Sierra Madre Historical Wilderness Area was established by declaration of the City Council on January 24, 1967. When it was dedicated on January 27, 1968, Sierra Madre was the first city in Southern California to own a wilderness preserve. The Sierra Madre City Council added the Mt. Wilson Trail to the Sierra Madre Register of Historic Cultural Landmarks, on October 12, 1993,.
In January 1971, the Sierra Madre Environmental Action Council was formed. In 1974, the Bell Tower in Kersting Court was dedicated; this bell tower houses the original school bell from the 1885 schoolhouse. In 1976 the “Sierra Madre Vistas” was published by the Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society. On March 19, 1976, the Bicentennial time capsule was buried beneath flagpole at the new Fire and Police Department Facility, and dedicated in May. The New City Hall building was dedicated on Sierra Madre Boulevard in 1977.
1980s and 1990s
In 1981, Sierra Madre celebrated the centennial of its founding, complete with a Centennial Royal Court and dance, a special Historical Society dinner, and rides on a Pacific Electric red car brought back to town Independence Day weekend. On February 28, 1983, Queen Elizabeth visited the British Home and greeted each and every resident of the small town. In April 1999, “The Weeping Wall Veterans’ Memorial”, designed by Lew Watanabe, is dedicated in Memorial Park.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Senior Housing Project on Esperanza Avenue was held, the affordable housing project includes 46 units designed by PBWS Architects and developed by the Foundation for Quality Housing in 2003. Later that year the Veterans’ Photo Wall, spearheaded by John Grijalva, is dedicated in Memorial Park. In 2007, Sierra Madre celebrated the centennial of its incorporation as a Californian city. Sierra Madre also won the All-America City Award, the prestigious award is given by the National Civic League. That same year, the refurbished World War I cannon in Memorial Park was dedicated. In March 2008, Goldberg Park was dedicated. It is the city’s first new park in over thirty years. In 2009, the Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society published “Southern California Story: Seeking the Better Life in Sierra Madre”, by Michele Zack. In the northern and northeastern portions of the city are the Lower and Upper Sierra Madre Canyons. These small communities are noted for their narrow and winding roads, lush vegetation, views of the San Gabriel Valley, and small bungalows or cabins.