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Burnett School 1897-1922 School District covers a lot of rural land encompassing nearly 296 square miles — all the way from Coyote to San Martin. The District was first organized in 1903 and included Highland, Burnett, San Martin, Machado and Morgan Hill schools. In 1921, the Coyote, Llagas and Uvas districts were brought into the fold. The first public school between San Jose and Gilroy was Burnett School, established in the small community of Madrone (at one time called Sherman). The land was originally owned by the Fisher family as part of their Rancho Laguna Seca. While the headquarters for the rancho was located near today’s Metcalf Energy Center in Coyote, a campsite for ranch hands sprung up along the El Camino Real near what would become the 18 Mile House, a stage coach, and later a railroad stop. Local residents pooled their resources to fund the construction of the school, which was named for Peter Hardeman Burnett, the first governor of California. The Encinal School District near present-day Coyote began in 1867 with classes initially held in private homes. ‘Encincal’ is a Spanish word referring to the many live oak trees so common to the valley. The first schoolhouse was built in 1872 through donations by the local families. It was located at the corner of the Moore property on the west side of Monterey-San Jose Road. The Ramelli family then came into ownership of the property and classes continued at the site until 1907. Family picnics and community meetings were held on the school grounds, which originally accommodated grades one through four. It was not until 1885 that Encinal was officially designated as a grammar school. In 1908, Encinal School was moved to its current location on the east side of Monterey Road. Part of the old schoolhouse was used as a storage shed for many years by the Ramelli family. Today, this campus serves the Charter School of Morgan Hill. Llagas School was originally located near Casa Loma Road but it is no longer in existence. It is interesting to note that William H. Adams moved to the Llagas district in 1896 where his ranch covered eighty-five acres and upon clearing the land of oak trees and poison oak he developed a fine prune orchard. William was the son of John Hicks Ada \و[H\H[H\H[H\Y[B[YX܈وHY[\]Yۂ]۝[HYX\Y]X]Y [X[H][Y[X\H\K[Y\\[\ۈ[Z[K\YZYY[YX\\\YH܈BY\ HX\[Z[H\]Y[B\XH܈^[\][ۜ[[[]B]Z\Z][X\[HYKH[[و[Z[H]X\ [X^\X\\X\YZ\Y\XY[ N ͋XZ]YZ\[X\HYX][ۂ]HH[ Y܈BXYۙHH[8'\ܝ8'HX\JB[]HܘYX]Y[HYH]Y\˜۝[YYۈ[H]HܛX[[X[YHXX\ˈH[[\]Y\[K]\YH[XX]Hݙ\[^H XܙYZH[H NL8&\ˈ]SH8(SԑSS8(SPTSSKUQT MB]H\[ۙY]]\›ۙ\\KXXY[\Y\H[^B\[X]Y] LYX\وXX™YX][ۈ[[KH\HܙX]\ܞH]\\ \^JHXXY˜[X\H[\]\HXXY™ۘ][H[[ NMKܚY[[HBۙK\H\KHXۙB\YYۈ[ NLLX[[]B[ZYܘY\ˈH]ۈ[\[Z[Y\[Y][H[Z\[[][Y\[ HXXY”Z[[\YH[][]H[[NM[]\Y[YY[YHXܙ[X\]XZH[\˰HXXY”\]YHY]H\ܙ[^Y[ NM]HHZ[[Y[Z\\[X]\]Z]H[Z[][[NN []\YX]Y\H\ܚX[]KHY]H۝[Y\\ܝB]HۈX[[ܙH][YHXXYX\Y[[ܘYZ\[\X[˰XXY”\[HHX\\Hو[ܙ[[ YZ[[[[\B[HYH\ܚY\[HY][Y[[ۈ]HZY ]\ \]܈]ۋ܈]H\[[Y[\H[[ܙ[[\ۙHZ[[ NMHH\[ NL \HZYܜۈ\Y] XZHY[ۙ[\\[ۜ[]B\]XH܈H]\KZ^KB