Canal Zone Schools

Paraiso Junior-Senior High School

The 1961 photograph featured here shows an architecturally interesting building that is labeled Paraiso Junior Senior High School Shop.


What are your memories of being a student or teacher at Paraiso Junior-Senior High School?


  • Robert Dixon Gordon

    Thanks for the picture of our former mechanic shop, at the former Paraiso canal zone junior and senior high school, back in those good old days. Adjacent to the shop, we had the gym, followed by the swimming pool, I had attended that complex, from kinder garden until 1967 where I graduated in the class of 67. At the time when I graduated, our teacher at the shop was a individual called Mr, Hermoso. He was a very good mechanic. Thanks to all those former canal zone governors for giving us all this heavenly glory. To me, its, “Canal zone forever”.

  • Oscar

    In this photo the wood working shop and the technical drawing room were not built yet. Hermoso or “Papa Moso” as many a student used to call him, was still the teacher there in 1977 when Paraiso High School was closed down for good as per the Torrijos-Carter treaties, there was a transitional semester and I ended up graduating in Balboa High School in 1978.

    • Jorge Rodriguez

      Hola no soy ex zonian , pero soy un Panameño que valora mucho su arquitectura y origenes definidos de su sociedad , lamento mucho que mi pais con sus gobernantes corruptos y que solo viven para ser mas millonarios no valoren casi nada de lo que ustedes como sociedad dejaron ,me gustaria que si tienen fotografias de ese colegio me las puedan enviar a mo correo electronico personal para poder hacer un articulo basado en lo que antes era y lo mal cuidado que hoy dia esta esas mismas instalaciones ;ironicamente mis dos hijos estudian en ese mismo edificio revertido al gobierno de panama pero se cae a pedasos ya que no le dan un mantenimiento de primera solo le bridan soluciones de tercera o lo q se pueda resolver en el momento, me duele que mi pais no valore esa historia que aunque no fue hecha por nosotros estubo aqui y pertenece a nuestra historia aunque no queramos. Les agradesco a los que me quieran colaborar con imagenes de la epoca de sus onfancias en dicho plantel educativo.. gracias
      Atentamente :Jorge Rodriguez

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  • Geronimo Espitia

    Hello how are everything, a strong hug and blessign from above.
    I am a resident of the canl area and not of the reverted or perverted areas.
    I am living in Curundu Flat and I am a member of the society of the communities of the Canal (ACAC). I am architect and I specialized in urban planning and design at Pratt Institute, New York
    I am about to finish my research work of my second specialty with the University of Barcelona International with the theme A guide plan for the valorization and protection of the urabnistic and natural landscape heritage of the canal area.
    I am interested in continuing to deepen this issue given by the complexity of the development of the territory that occurred here. I have seen how the different city design corridors that originated in the USA were established here.
    That is why I wish to have a link with you to continue investigating this legacy that left us

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