In Long Beach, the Miller name is synonymous with philanthropy. But, aside from the unmistakable Miller Children’s Hospital at Long Beach Memorial, you probably don’t realize the extent of Earl and Loraine Miller’s generosity in supporting organizations that further health, education and the arts for youth in the Long Beach community. It’s a legacy that dates back to the early 20th Century.
Earl B. Miller was a successful asphalt and paving contractor in Southern California
Burcham Elementary School
5610 E Monlaco Rd, Long Beach, CA 90808 David Burcham has been credited for the strong moral fiber that ran through Long Beach Polytechnic High School for many decades.
Burcham dedicated 34 years to the “home of scholars and champions” as its principal from 1907 to 1941. He earned the nickname “Daddy” because his word was taken as law and he was a leader during many years that were challenged by local and national events.
Burcham saw his communi
Joan Van Blom Bridge By Paul Slater Pacific Coast Highway at the Los Cerritos Channel Legendary Olympic rower Joan Van Blom, who passed away in August of 2015, was an icon in her sport and will never be forgotten by the city of Long Beach. In March of this year, the two-time Olympic silver medalist was honored for her triumphs on and off the water, as the bridge that covers the channel along Pacific Coast Highway next to the Marina Pacifica shopping center, now bears her name
Earl Daugherty is the aviator credited for establishing the first inland airfield in Long Beach Before it was called the Long Beach Municipal Airport, it was known solely as Daugherty Field. Named in honor of Earl S. Daugherty, a pioneering aviator from Long Beach, it became the first municipal airport to serve Southern California, preceding Los Angeles Airport by more than three years.
Daugherty was born in 1887 in Des Moines, Iowa. He moved to Long Beach in 1902 with hi
Picking a name for a school is no easy venture, in particular when so many seek to have their chance at shaping history. Names are chosen in hopes that the schools will reflect their namesakes’ characteristics and move toward the future with the same fervor those people had in their lifetimes. Long Beach Schools are no exception. Let’s take a further look into the names behind East Long Beach’s schools! Minnie Gant Gant Elementary School
1854 N Britton Dr, Long Beach, CA 90
1956 Miss Universe contestants line up for a photo in Downtown Long Beach It was the summer of 1952 and Long Beach was a buzz with excitement. The city had been chosen – over Catalina Island and Hollywood, no less! – to host the world’s first international beauty pageant. The most beautiful women in the world were about to descend on the city for the inaugural Miss Universe Pageant. And Long Beach was determined to use this opportunity to show the world – and the universe – t
Still echoing across the ether somewhere above Long Beach are the faint sounds of carousel music, the chimes of carnival games, the roaring of amusement park rides, and the chatter and bustling of thousands of people who came together to take part in the pure ecstasy and excitement of what was known as The Pike. For a moment, let’s pretend that, like when watching a play, the curtains have risen, and this scene is unfolding like it were happening now. The time is 1943. The Pi
It was a warm summer night on Friday, June 3, 1955. East Long Beach families were lining up in their cars on Spring St. and Bellflower Blvd. to be the first ones to see a movie at the new Los Altos Drive-In. That night was a double-feature: Howard Hughes’ “Son of Sinbad” (the first showing in the Long Beach area!) and “Rage at Dawn” (presented in Technicolor and Super-Scope). Prominent local advertisements lured the people in. World’s Largest Screen! 10 stories high. Super Gi