Look not mournfully into the past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the
present. It is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future, without fear.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
US poet (1807 – 1882)
“A prestigious institution without a past is an institution without
A message from the web master to future and past generations.
Sixty-five years and many generations have passed by since the first
students came, bringing along their eagerness and enthusiasm for
learning, which echoed in the walls of the old house on 211 Carrera
Street. This site will bring back memories of those years of child play
and lessons given by teachers like: Miss Longeira, Miss Alicia Avalos,
Miss Mary Hill, Mr. Héctor Matamala, Mr. George Webster, Miss
Moon and Head Mistress Mrs. Zenaida Katzen. They all pioneered and
trusted this project- to teach in a foreign language.
4th Elementary 1955
La Serena June 8th, 1955.
Boys: Top, left to right, Jaime Toro, José Gabriel Feres,
Antonio Leiva (Tuco), ?. Nagly Gómez, Juan Pereira,
Fernando Valdés, Luciano Domínguez, Jaime Urrutia,
René Espejo, Carlos Vargas, Mario Hernández, Gustavo
Rivera, Guillermo Valenzuela (Joaquín Guzmán).
Girls:Peñailillo, Lucía Cerda, Elvira Castagnoli, ?, ?, Florita
Bustamante, Miss Zenaida Katzen, Javiera Matamala,
Alvarado, Mirta Egaña, Herreros, Vilma Leiva.
Boys’ Generation 1953
Teachers, from left to right: Miss
Longeira, Miss Alicia Avalos, Miss
Mary Hill, Miss Zenaida Katzen, Mr.
Héctor Matamala, Mr. George
Webster, Miss Moon.