Good Shepherd Lutheran School History
In 1978, three Lutheran churches in Simi Valley (LCMS, ELCA, and ALC) had a dream...a dream to sponsor a Christian school in Simi Valley. Many people came together to make this dream happen. Since the three Lutheran churches had already sponsored a Vietnamese family, the history was there to cooperate on projects together. This sponsorship paved the way for building a relationship through a school.
Pastor Al Young accepted a call to Trinity, Simi, arriving in July 1978. By September, Trinity’s Church Council had approved the planning of a Lutheran school. The resolution specifically invited Our Saviour and Our Redeemer to join as equal partners. Both churches agreed immediately. Each congregation provided three representatives and their pastors, Dave Wilkerson of Our Saviour, John Schaumburg of Our Redeemer, and Al Young of Trinity, as a steering committee. Also on that original steering committee was JoAn Larson, a member at Our Saviour who later taught at the school. The steering committee met each month. They did research, looked at needs and demographics, and sought resources and consultants. Planning went smoothly.
The committee made a decision of faith to open the school with grades K, 1, and 2 in September 1979, just one year after the first resolution to start a school. Grades 1 and 2 met at Trinity taught by Nancy Young, who also served as principal. Kindergarten met at Our Redeemer taught by Nancy Hawthorne. Thirty students made up the student body that first year.
Thanks to the vision of people committed to Lutheran education and the thirty families who had the courage to enroll their children in a school with makeshift classrooms, Good Shepherd has grown into a quality Lutheran school that has provided a Christ-centered education for the children of God for the past 36 years.
A growing number of alumni return to give thanks for the Christian education they received. God has blessed Good Shepherd Lutheran School in so many ways.
2949 Alamo St.
Simi Valley, CA 93063