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Rafer Johnson Community Day School
"Home of The Olympians"
Rafer Johnson Community Day School is a unique educational environment, providing special needs services for children and their families. The school first opened in 1950, under the name “Peter Pan School.” In 1972, the district decided to have a name change, which eventually led to the school being named Rafer Johnson School. It is named after Rafer Johnson, an actor, philanthropist, sportscaster, special Olympics committee member and Olympic decathlete champion.  Mr. Johnson won a Silver medal in the 1956 Olympics, and a gold medal in the 1960 Olympics in the decathlon. He is also renowned for his contributions and involvement with the Special Olympics in Southern California. From this background, the Rafer Johnson Community Day School was created to provide services for these unique student populations. 

The Rafer Johnson Community Day School is uniquely equipped and staffed to provide quality educational services to the children that require special attention and instruction.
Opening Day Ceremony, 1999.

Opening Day Ceremony invitation, 1999.