Ojai Valley School

Author: Lynn Yoakum Taylor
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 9781439648711
Release Date: 2014-12-01
Genre: History

Beginning in 1911 as a simple home tutoring arrangement for the two young sons of Philip and Emily Van Patten, the Ojai Valley School (OVS) has become a modern, state-of-the-art educational institution. Building on the unique educational philosophy of Edward Yeomans, OVS, now offering kindergarten through the 12th grade, has educated more than 5,000 young men and women who have gone on to be contributing members of society. A high school campus, established in 1963, complements the original 1923 elementary campus. The school now accommodates over 300 boarders and day students and is the only elementary boarding school in the West. OVS combines arts, academics, camping, and horse programs in the unique setting of the beautiful Ojai Valley.

The Ojai

Author: Patricia Hartmann
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 9780595916191
Release Date: 2007-11-28
Genre: Fiction

The simplicity of Ojai farm girl Meggie Baxter's life is shattered when she must choose between loyalty to her rough-hewn friend, Rusty, and the dashing Charles. As the decades of her life unfold, she faces the elemental dangers of floods and fire as well as the colorful high-jinks radiating from Pop Soper's Fight Camp, the steam baths at Matilija Hot Springs, a leaning post office tower, a corrupt councilman and Libbey's plans to modernize the town. Amid tragedy and loss, Meggie clings to the one constant in her life, the promise of God's love. It is the "pink moment", the evening sunset casting a rosy hue like a prayer across the Topa Topa Mountains, that points her again and again to faith and courage. Midst the idyllic beauty of the Ojai Valley and the crushing forces of change, will Meggie and her beloved Ojai stay true to their rural roots of faith and family? Will the ultimate sacrifice that spares Rusty's life be enough? Or will the winds of destiny destroy both the people and the indomitable spirit of the Ojai?


Author: Richard Hoye
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 0738555770
Release Date: 2007
Genre: History

Photos from the collection of the Ojai Valley Museum.

Thacher School The

Author: John Taylor
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 9781467130691
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Education

Sherman Day Thacher, a Yale-trained lawyer, moved west in 1887, intending to join his brother as an orange rancher in California's Ojai Valley. However, after accepting a request from a Yale colleague to tutor his nephew, Thacher's focus changed from cultivating oranges to cultivating young minds. His small educational enterprise eventually became The Thacher School. Combining unmatched academics with a unique horse and camping program, Thacher has prepared more than 5,000 young men and women to become contributing members of society at the local, state, and national levels since its founding in 1889. With an educational philosophy based around Sherman Thacher's precepts of "honor, fairness, kindness, and truth," The Thacher School continues to be recognized as one of the premier secondary schools in the country.