Lawlor Professionals’ Mar-ken School

Who We Are

This site is run by, and for, alumni of a school that began as the Professional Children’s School which changed its name to the Lawlor Professionals’ School and finally became Mar-Ken School.
Lawlor Professional School 5751 Hollywood Blvd

About this History

Follow the history of a Hollywood child actors private school that went by three different names; Professional Children’s School, Lawlor Professionals’ School, and finally Mar-Ken School.
Viola Foss Lawlor - 1942

Meet Viola Foss Lawlor

With the Hollywood Conservatory of Music and Arts (the Hollywood Professional School) slowly transitioning from a music school to more of an academic institution in the early 1920’s, a dynamic woman arrived with her family from New York: Mrs. Viola Foss Lawlor.