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Students in Bonny Pitkin's fifth grade class from R.H. Dana Elementary School pose for a photo before their departure aboard "Sum Fun." Photo: Alex Paris
Students in Bonny Pitkin’s fifth grade class from R.H. Dana Elementary School pose for a photo before their departure aboard Sum Fun. Photo: Alex Paris

By Andrea Swayne

This month marks R.H. Dana Elementary School’s five decades of educating Dana Point children.

Established in 1966, the school now has more than 300 students, 60 faculty members and has received many accolades, including being named a National Blue Ribbon school, California Distinguished School recognition and earning Title I Academic Achievement Awards.

As part of the 50th anniversary celebration, the entire student body was treated to a whale watching adventure on Wednesday, courtesy of Dana Wharf Whale Watching.

The school was set to hold its own on-campus celebration on Friday, March 4, including live music, “Dancing through the Decades” and singing performances by students, along with comments and dedications by school district officials, former students, city and county dignitaries.

The unveiling of a new mural at the school’s handball courts by local artist Ashley Keene was also set to be unveiled.

R.H. Dana Elementary students aboard "Sum Fun" wave to students on the "Clemente." Photo: Alex Paris
R.H. Dana Elementary students aboard Sum Fun wave to students on the Clemente. Photo: Alex Paris

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