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December 23, 2017


Muir Documentary

Dear Mustangs!
My name is Pablo Miralles, Class of 1982 and I need your help!

Almost a year ago I read a note written by Cameron Turner (Class of 1981) reminiscing about how truly blessed he was to have gone to John Muir High School. He wrote, "With all the mess going on in the news today around race relations, I am more grateful than ever that I grew up in Pasadena in the 1970s. We had a unique opportunity to LIVE the beautiful truth of integration and our generation knows first hand that understanding, harmony, friendship and love can blossom among people of different racial and ethnic backgrounds if we just all take the opportunity..." From that short note, I made a little no-budget film for the Class of '81s 30th reunion, viewed over a 1000 times online and picked up by LA Times columnist Hector Tobar.              

Soon I was being contacted by alumni from other classes. People who wanted to tell me what a profound experience going to Muir was, in the 50s, the 60's all the way through to the 90s. I did a little research and realized that the story of John Muir High School is the story of our country. That within the people who attended, there is the seed of what is possible in our city, state and nation. Now I need your help to make this film a reality.


Taking a break from my other projects I decided to make this feature, PBS-quality documentary, not only covering the desegregated years, but looking at the truly unique history of John Muir High since it's creation as Pasadena's "other school". An integrated campus long
before Brown vs. Board of Education all the way to the tough years of "resegregation" and the public's disaffection with it's own schools.

I truly feel that the history of John Muir High School, it's alumni, teachers, administrators and parents and their belief in the promise of a diverse and excellent public education are important stories to tell for the present and future John Muir High School community and the world at large.

Please help! This $35,000 represents a bare-bones no frills HD production, made possible by a committed and experienced team of filmmakers and volunteers, most of whom are JMHS alumni from the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

If I do not raise the full $35,000 then I will receive nothing and the film will not get made. That is the nature of internet crowd funding. So please forward the link to all your family and friends and ask them to give! Every dollar counts!

Thank you. And please feel free to contact me with your thoughts and comments.

Pablo Miralles
Producer/Director, Arroyo Seco Films

June 20, 2012

Thanks to the outstanding and generous support of the Muir Community, this project has been funded.
Among the almost 300 contributors to this project

Ardelia M. (Crawford) Wright on May 29
JMHS Class of 1963. I graduated from John Muir High School in 1963, just as the civil rights movement was at it's height. Before that, in Pasadena, we were so sheltered by our parents, that we did not know what was going on around us. We had friends of all races, creeds and color. We did not know any difference. Those friendships have continued for over 50 years and the experiences that we shared during our John Muir High School years will never be forgotten.

I am making this pledge in honor of my mother Cornell Cleaver Hatchett, who taught at John Muir High School for over 25 years from 1957 to 1973. She was a Home Economics Teacher, who weathered all of the discrimination through those years. She also taught Marriage and Family, Clothing and Tailoring. She and her staff put on some of the best fashion shows Muir ever had. She was loved by all and I'm sure she would support this worthwhile project.


Pablo Miralles is interviewed by E. Stuart Johnson (JMHS '73) and
Mike Bingley (JMHS'78) of Pasadena local access television.

Here's a preview of the the highly anticipated documentary about our school, John Muir by director and Muir Alum, Pablo Miralles. This documentary centers on the people affected by the decision to make Pasadena the test case for school desegregation in California. This video features participants of the 1970 PUSD desegregation lawsuit - Jim and Nancy Spangler.