From the Archives


William Rutherford was the fourth principal in Galt High School’s history. He followed Ernest E. Oertel and preceded Albert J. Rathbone. From 1926 to 1929, Rutherford was known as the “Flying Schoolmaster” when the newly licensed pilot founded the Galt Technical Junior College For Aeronautics at Galt High School in 1927. The one-of-a-kind aviation school (separate from the high school) made headlines across America. The publicity encouraged men from Massachusetts to California to apply for one of 75 openings. Financial mismanagement forced the college to close in 1929, and Rutherford moved on to another school.