Whittier State School

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Whittier State School
Established 1889
Opened 1891
Closed 2004
Current Status Closed
Building Style Cottage Plan
Location Whittier, CA
Alternate Names
  • Fred C. Nelles School for Boys
  • Fred C. Nelles Youth Correctional Facility


The March 11, 1889 Act of the California Legislature authorized the establishment of a school for juvenile offenders. Dedication and laying of cornerstone was done by Governor R. W. Waterman on February 12, 1890. Officially opened as 'Whittier State School' for boys and girls on July 1, 1891. Girls were transferred in 1916 and only boys have been in residence since that time. Renamed 'Fred C. Nelles School for Boys' in 1941 ('For Boys' was dropped around 1970). This school has been in continuous operation serving the needs of juvenile offenders since 1891.