Larry Livingston peered at the photos on the wall, trying to find one he might be in. He was in the sixth grade in 1943 at the Fauntleroy School and "got good marks," he said, "but I did flunk the first grade," he continued laughing. He and several hundred others were there to celebrate the school's 100th birthday with a special celebration featuring a group hug photo and some well know alumnae as guest speakers on May 21.
There to recall their years at the school and early days in West Seattle were the Whittaker twins, Lou and Jim who recalled spending many hours in the wooded areas of the community that prepared them for lives as mountaineers. Jim went on to be the first American to climb Mt. Everest and found REI while Lou would form Rainier Mountaineering and guide thousands to the top of Mt. Rainier. Jane Hastings graduated from the school in 1939 and recalled her times the Whittaker family and others at the school. "I always say I grew up in the ideal community," she said.