The McGraths Talk Parents and Schools, Part 4 (VIDEO)

All the McGraths went to Carpenter, Walter Reed and North Hollywood High.

The McGrath family that grew up in a cul-de-sac in Studio City all fondly remember their parents, particularly their mom who was a teacher and raised the eight children mostly alone.

"We owe a lot to our mom," said Teresa McGrath.

"I would have given us away," kidded her twin sister Mary.

Mary McGrath, who writes the column recalled Walter Reed Middle School, and the difficult time in her life when the patriarch of the family died.


We used to have the Cotton Hop and Father-Daughter dances. They were both held in the gym. I was ashamed that I had no father, since my Dad had died when I was 12, so I used to bribe one of my three brothers to go. I don't remember which one came with me to these dances. I probably had to pay them, as they were in their early 20s and had better things to do.

Walter Reed was fun, but it was a turning point for many of us. We were all on the verge of defining who we were, what we wanted to be, and how we meshed with the social order of junior high.  There were jocks, orchestra people, bad boys, bookworms and the social ones who usually gravitated into school politics.

Now, Jack McGrath, former president of the Studio City Chamber of Commerce and local fixture, is moving away, but he promises to be back to bug the locals every once in a while.

The McGrath Clan Chronicles:

Mary McGrath October 11, 2011 at 01:07 PM
Oh, thanks so much for this Mike! It's wonderful to re-live the memories. I'd love to hear the recollections from others who grew up in the area....
Bob Blanchard October 11, 2011 at 10:11 PM
Since Jack is moving away, perhaps they could use email for personal family memories. I thought this was the Studio City Patch and not the McGrath Patch. There is a reason we don't have party lines any more. Where are Justin Beiber sightings when you need them? Let's go camping with Ashton Kutcher...it would be more fun. When you are done, come over and I'll show you my family photo albums. Come on Mike, let's get back to the community and the supposed mission of the Patch.
zarkava October 12, 2011 at 03:33 AM
Good for you, Bob. Thank you for saying what I'd imagine most of us are thinking.
Mike Szymanski October 12, 2011 at 03:50 AM
And you know, any family that has history in Studio City who is willing to tell their stories is certainly welcome to as well...as we see in our LOCAL VOICES columns
Bob Blanchard October 12, 2011 at 03:13 PM
Mike, I am interested in historical recollections by older SC residents and helpful articles that enlighten us about local merchants, but NOT on and on banter back and forth between family members. Like yesterday's news it gets old real fast.
Darius Watson October 14, 2011 at 04:17 PM
Really...what a waste of time.
Miki Henderson August 13, 2013 at 08:12 PM
Miki Henderson August 14, 2013 at 12:55 PM
Mary McGrath August 14, 2013 at 01:47 PM
Miki Henderson-You need to contact the editor, Mike, about the video, which was viewable before the Patch re-design. See his email link above this column.


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