Inez Warren Smith, Class of 1930

November 12, 1999
Santa Paula Union High School Alumni Association
Santa Paula High School
By B. J. Harding, President Santa Paula Union High School Alumni AssociationBorn in “Little Santa Paula” (Bolivar, Missouri), Inez is one of three children of Granville Earl and Leta Irene Wimberly Warren. The other two children were Helen Warren Cox, Class of 1934, and Kenneth Earl “Baggie” Warren, Class of 1935, both now deceased.The family arrived in Santa Paula on Valentine’s Day of 1926, and the children were enrolled at Isbell School. Upon graduation from Isbell, Inez went to SPUHS where she was an extremely busy student. In sports she was a member of the baseball team, the basketball team and the tennis team, all for four years, and of the speedball and soccer teams for two years. Scholastically, she excelled in English and Commercial courses. Her instructors were Seth Barker and Gertrude French, both excellent and well remembered commercial teachers in the 1930s.Inez was in the Commercial Club all four years, and a member of the Photography Club, Thrift Club, and the Girls League for two years. She used her talents on the Cardinal staff and the El Solano staff, and won the typing contest in her junior year. She was also in the English Honor Society for two years, and an outstanding scholar in the CSF for all four years at SPUHS.At graduation, Inez received an award for the Outstanding Commercial Student for the year. She used her talents well at school as she helped out in Principal Freeman Eakin’s office, taking dictation, typing, filing and answering telephones. After school and on Saturdays she helped her family by working for the Ventura County Citrus Exchange. This job led to her permanent employment there until June of 1941.
In 1937 Inez married Warren Gilbert, a local businessman, and of this union came one son, Jerry Warren Gilbert. Jerry graduated from the Los Angeles Police Academy and served as one of Los Angeles’ finest for 29 years.In 1940 Inez and her family moved to Van Nuys, where she still lives. Her marriage ended in divorce, and Inez went to work for a Public Stenography and Mimeographing Office to support her son. She then passed the examinations given by the Los Angeles School District and spent 22 years at San Fernando High School. Her experience in Santa Paula had trained her well for this position.In 1963, Inez met and married Verland J. Smith, who worked for Lockheed Aircraft. They are both retired now, and while Verland works in his vegetable garden, Inez keeps her contacts with her San Fernando High colleagues and corresponds with some 14 friends regularly.

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