Despite popular belief, Las Vegas in its earliest days was dedicated to the education of its children. The community invested in several schools that would leave a lasting impression on the earliest members of the community.
In this photo, provided by UNLV Special Collections, you can see children dancing around a maypole circa 1928. The two-story, Mission-Revival-Style Las Vegas School was built in 1910 at a cost of $30,000. The school, which housed both elementary and high school students, was located on 4th Street between Clark and Bridger avenues in the heart of today’s downtown. Though sadly the building was destroyed in a spectacular fire, it would be replaced by two historic schools that still stand today: the Historic Fifth Street School and the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts.
Brian Paco Alvarez is a Las Vegas native and a graduate from the UNLV Department of Anthropology. He’s the former curator of the Las Vegas News Bureau Photo and Film Archives and currently the art curator, corporate historian and z’boutique buyer for the online company Zappos.com, Inc.