Valerie Lee Shepard “Val”
Valerie Shepard acted in the 1939 movie, The Wizard of Oz, as a child actress. She played a Child Munchkin.
From the September 27, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal:
•YOU AND I – FROM PRIMARY TO JUNIOR HIGH: Valerie Lee Shepard – After attending Summer School at Mar-Ken I went to the San Francisco Fair, where I danced.
•Valerie wrote an article about the various units the grade school children are studying.
From the October 11, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal:
The fifth and sixth grades of Mar-Ken School held an election of officers today, and Valerie Shepard was elected President.
From the November 8, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal:
•YOU AND I: Fifth and Sixth Grades – Valerie Lee Shepard is on the decorating committee for the Halloween Party.
•INDIAN POEMS: Valerie Lee Shepard wrote the following poem:
Look at the rain clouds in the sky,
Showing the storm is drawing nigh.
But often the storm clouds will clear
And a beautiful rainbow will appear.
From the Mar-Ken 1940 Primary & Junior High Yearbook:
Valerie Lee Shepard coauthored a section in this Yearbook about third and fourth grade rooms’ trip to the San Fernando Mission.
From the 1941 Mar-Ken Primary & Junior High Yearbook:
Val was in the fifth grade in 1941. She wrote a section, and edited the page on the class study of the Revolutionary War for the Yearbook. She also co-authored articles on the Colonial Days, Chief Clear Sky, and a poem about Mar-Ken.
From the 1942 Mar-Ken Primary & Junior High School Yearbook:
•Seventh Grade Class Predictions (co-authored by Valerie): Valarie Lee Shepard will be an actress.
•Class Predictions: Valarie … wants to be a dancer. The best in her era.
•She wrote an article for the Yearbook; “Our Valentine Party,” and the following poem:
DEFENDING OUR COUNTRY
By Valerie Lee Shepard . . 7th Grade
You shouldn’t worry if your loved one goes to war,
Because, someday, he’ll come back to you and you’ll see
him safe as before.
So if he should go away,
He’s only doing his part for the U.S.A.
But he’ll come back from his long, long stay,
And that will be our new Armistice Day.
From the September 28, 1942 & October 13, 1942 Mar-Ken Journals:
Valerie Lee Shepard is a 1st and 2nd grade reporter for Junior High Section of these issues of the Mar-Ken Journal.
From the October 13, 1942 Mar-Ken Journal:
Valerie Lee Shepard co-wrote the column Favorite Sayings in this issue of the school newspaper.
From the 1943 Mar-Ken Primary and Junior High Annual:
•Nicknames: Vallerie – “Mousy”
•Predictions 21 years from now: Valerie – will be an acrobat.
•What would happen if – Valerie stopped making all A’s?
•Valerie co-authored an article in the Annual about Junior High Journalism.
•Last Will & Testament of Junior High: Valerie Lee Shepard leaves her blond curles to Joy Duguay.
From the 1944 Mar-Ken Yearbook:
Valerie Shepard is listed as in the 9th grade.
From the 1945 Mar-Ken School Yearbook, “Sophomore Biographies”:
Valerie Shepard is again this year the secretary of her class. She was born in Hollywood and has lived here all of her life. She has attended Mar-Ken for five years. Her great ambition is to grow.
Sophomore Nicknames: Small Fry
Sophomore Predictions: Val will still be trying to get advertisements for the Mar-Ken Journal.
Sophomore Sayings: Zoot!!
From the 1946 Mar-Ken School Yearbook, “Junior Biographies”:
Name – Valerie Shepard
Born – Dec. 14
Ambition – To learn how to drive.
Talent – Dancing
Saying – Buddy? Buddy?
Song – Personality
Band – Tommy Dorsey
Food – Anything which can be eaten
Val was Vice President of the Los Buenos Vecinos (The Good Neighbors, Spanish Club) in 1946.
From the 1947 Mar-Ken School Yearbook, “Senior Biographies”:
Name – Valerie Shepard, Class Secretary
Born – Dec. 14 – Hollywood
Ambition – To have a car like Irving’s
Talent – Making coffee for the faculty
Saying – The poor boy’s insane
Nickname – Val
Senior Predictions: Val Shepard will still be taking care of her baby sister.
Val was Secretary of the Los Buenos Vecinos (The Good Neighbors, Spanish Club), and she was a member of the Science Club in 1947.