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Polytechnic High School

“Yes, we are young; and despite the war clouds, we know the sun will shine.”

Despite the fact that the United States had only been at war a few scant months by the time the Spring 1942 Polytechnic High School yearbook was published, already the yearbook’s pages are filled with thoughts and hopes for a post-war world. Recognizing that the adult world they would enter as graduates would scarcely resemble the world in which they began their school careers the students of San Francisco’s Polytechnic High imagine a world transformed. What examples of this forward-looking attitude do you observe? Are student attitudes about the future optimistic or pessimistic?

Polytechnic High School

From the Collection of The National WWII Museum

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