RSS
 

BACK TO SCHOOL with Sean

26 Aug

We recently determined that Sean attended school at the Brentwood Town & Country School – probably when he lived with Lili in or near Beverly Hills in the mid-1940’s. His schoolmates included Peter & Jane Fonda, among other celebrity kids.

As A.R. astutely observed, however, for the most of his childhood Sean attended what is recorded in biographies to be the “Palm Beach Private School”. I’ve always found this a rather oddly nondescript name and have had some difficulty researching and physically locating it. (Locals, even loca librarians were unfamiliar with the name.) Today, though, I had a major breakthrough perusing rare Palm Beach historical collections, including old Palm Beach address registeries and insurance maps.

Here’s the history of the “Palm Beach Private School”, Sean’s primary elementary school:

Founded as the Palm Beach Day School in 1921, including, I believe, Kindergarten – 8th grades, it was (and still is) a very exclusive private school. Though, I believe, it didn’t officially change its name until only a few years ago, it was often referred to as the “Palm Beach Private School”, evidently to differentiate it from Palm Beach Public School” only a sea shell’s throw away.

From the the images below the evolution of the school’s name can be seen. Above the original school entrance is the original name, Palm Beach Day School. On the subsequent Sanborn Fire Insurance map is the eventually also accepted name, “Palm Beach Private School”. Finally, as verified on the school’s current main entrance door mat, the school is now officially known as the Palm Beach Day Academy.

20140825_164818

PB Day School with Flag

Sean and “Lillian C. Flynn” lived on Seabreeze, only two very short blocks north, and one west, from the school – a five to ten minute walk max. Wouldn’t it have been wonderful to have seen Lili Damita walking young Sean to school in the late Forties/early Fifties. That must have been one of the most magnificently beautiful mother-and -son couples in history.

20140825_160846

— Gentleman Tim

 
2 Comments

Posted in Main Page

 

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

  1. ILIKEFLYNN

    August 26, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Wow! This is amazing! Great find! Great research, Gentlemen Tim! (Although I’m still not 100% about Brentwood!) –A. R.

    Report this comment

     
    • Gentleman Tim

      August 27, 2014 at 4:05 am

      Thank you so much, A.R. That’s very kind of you. Your Great work on Sean inspired me!

      I still have some photos to post – one that helps to confirm previous research that Sean may well have lived (beginning in hs teens) in a separate building (on the same lot) from the main house on Seabreeze. Also took some photos of Errol’s old hangouts on Worth Avenue.

      Report this comment