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About This History
Setting The Stage
Professional Children's School
Lawlor Professional School
Mar-Ken School
Thoughts About the School
Alumni Memories
The Buck Jones House

About This History

The following history traces a private school that had three different names. It started in Hollywood, California, as Professional Children's School, changed its name to Lawlor Professional School, and then changed ownership and name to Mar-Ken School. Later Mar-Ken School moved to Sherman Oaks, in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, California.

Although much research has been done there are still some gaps in information about the schools. Your writer, Alan Simon, attended Mar-Ken School in 1955-56 when it was located in Sherman Oaks. Elsewhere on this website is a collection of yearbooks, photos and other school memorabilia listed by class years. The viewer will also find alumni and faculty lists containing photos, notes, Internet links and contact information when available. We would appreciate input from anyone having historical information, articles, photographs, or other information about the school. Please email Alan Simon at

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