Adolfo Camarillo - Contributions

Contributions

Adolfo Camarillo made several significant contributions to Ventura County. He donated 50 acres of land in 1956 for the purpose of building the first high school in Camarillo. Adolfo was present for the groundbreaking of the High School. It is named after him (Adolfo Camarillo High School.) Adolfo Camarillo High School opened in 1958. According to Carol Yung, a volunteer at The Camarillo Ranch, The High School cheerleaders and band walked over to the Camarillo Ranch House to celebrate his birthday. He also donated land in 1937 for the Conejo Grade Highway. In 1904 he donated land to extend the Southern Pacific Railroad through Camarillo, and for the expansion of St. John's Seminary to include St. John's College. In 1890, Adolfo, with the help of two Chumash Indian boys, planted two rows of eucalyptus trees. The trees lined Highway 101 in Camarillo for many years. Some of the trees are still present along the north side of the freeway.

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