Oak Park Unified School District
When the community of Oak Park was created in the 1900s, it was under the auspices of Simi Valley Unified School District. However, there was no high school in the area, so students had to be bused 23 miles (37 km) each way to Simi Valley for school.
In the early '70s, residents appealed to the Las Virgenes Unified School District to annex their neighborhood. School district officials were so inclined, but residents of neighboring Agoura Hills considered people in Oak Park to be lower class. In a 1974 school board meeting where the idea was discussed, one woman complained about Oak Park's "little dope addicts," after which a fight broke out between her husband and an Oak Park resident, and the idea was scrapped.
In 1977, voters approved a measure to create their own school district, followed by a $40-million bond measure to finance new classrooms. Oak Park High School opened in 1981.
The district's six schools are:
- Medea Creek Middle School
- Brookside Elementary School
- Oak Hills Elementary School
- Red Oak Elementary School
- Pool, Bob (April 2, 2006). "Rebuffed, Then Polished". Los Angeles Times.
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