Roberto Alvarez vs Lemon Grove

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Roberto Alvarez vs Lemon Grove



1. July 23, 1930 - School board met and they discussed seperation. It was endorsed by the Chamber of Commerce.2. September 2, 1930 - Children expelled from the main school, the desks and the personal belongings were sent to the other building.3.January 5, 1931 - Principal Jerome T. Green stood at the doors of the school and did not allow the Mexican students to enter.4. January 8, 1931 - Students go on strike.5.January 9, 1931 - An article was posted stating that the students were allowed back at the original school.6.January 19, 1931 - Assemblyman George R. Bliss of Carpinteria in California, introduced a bill to the California Legislature that would of legalized the segregation.7.January 25, 1931 - Parents sought out local spanish language media and published an article about the segregation.8.February 13, 1931 - Issued a writ of mandate to the school board of the Superior Court of California in San Diego to reinstate the Mexican-American students.9. February 24, 1931 - Went to court in front of Judge Claude Chambers10. March 30, 1931 - Judgment passed in favor of the Mexican community.

February 24th 1931 &March 30th 1931Lemon Grove & San Diego, California

When and Where?

Roberto Alvarez vs. Lemon Grove School Board

What Happened?

1. Jerome T. Green - Principal2. Roberto Alvarez - Representative for the students and families3. School Trustees4 .Fred C. Noon and A.C. Brinkley - Attorneys for the Lemon Grove families5. Judge Claude Chambers6. The Leomon Grove neighbors Committee


"It wasn't a school. it was an old building. Everyone called it 'La Cabelleriza' (the barnyard)." - In the words of the students

Why was this signifigant? It was one of the first cases that took place for segregation in schools. It was also signifigant because this helped the Mexican communities gain confidence and the ability to start fighting the issue of the time. Which included many cases of segregation not only in school but in other areas and places in the United States.


This was a big impact to ELL students in the present and in the future. It was one of the first court cases that won and stuck. The Principal afterwards kept the children in the original school. It also allowed the students now to feel they were just as important as the other students. They could learn the new language needed to work, play and learn in the United States.


Robert Alvarez - Son of Roberto Alvarez who was the representative for the children of Lemon Grove


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