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Hermon Neighborhood Signage
located on Via Marisol at the 110 Freeway exit
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Hermon is a neighborhood in the northeast area of Los Angeles. It was established in 1903 and became part of Los Angeles in 1912.
Hermon was established in 1903, when the Free Methodists church group obtained the isolated valley from owner Ralph Rogers to establish a school. The school grew to become Los Angeles Pacific College in 1934, then merged with Azusa College in the mid-1960s to become Azusa Pacific University. Up until 2003, the school campus held a private college prep high school, Pacific Christian. It is now under lease to Los Angeles International Charter High School (LAICHS), a secondary school chartered by the Los Angeles County Office of Education (www.laicharter.org).
Better links were established between Hermon and the rest of Los Angeles with the construction of a bridge across the Arroyo Seco at Avenue 60 in 1926, the Monterey Road pass through Walnut Hill to the south in 1930, and the Hermon Avenue bridge (renamed Via Marisol, over the objections of many community members, by the late Los Angeles City Council member Art Snyder in 1978 to honor his young daughter, Erin Marisol Snyder) to the west in 1939.
In the 112 years since its inception, the neighborhood has grown from 100 small lots into a community of nearly 4,000.
The Los Angeles Unified School District operates district schools.
- Bushnell Way Elementary School - 5507 Bushnell Way, Los Angeles, CA 90042. Bushnell Way Elementary School was called the "American School" prior to Hermon's annexation by the City of Los Angeles in 1912.
- Los Angeles College Prep Academy - The school occupies the former campus of Pacific Christian on the Hill. That former school opened in 1904 as Los Angeles (Free Methodist) Seminary and had grades 1 through 12 with a total of 70 students. In 1911 the Seminary added community college courses making it what is believed to be the first junior college in California. In 1934 it became Los Angeles Pacific College, a four-year university. Los Angeles Pacific College merged with Azusa College to become the current Azusa Pacific University in the mid-1960s.
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