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Steve Jobs called Mountain View home as a child

Original post made on Oct 8, 2011

A childhood friend of Steve Jobs recalls that Silicon Valley's quintessential entrepreneur was partly a product of Mountain View, where he attended school and lived until his early teens.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, October 7, 2011, 8:12 PM

Comments (15)

Posted by Observer
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 8, 2011 at 7:54 am

Funny how the author only points out the ethnicity of Jobs' biological father but no one else mentioned in the article. There is obviously an agenda at work when equal reporting is denied.

It's alo ironic when the school that educated Jobs was closed down. You'd think they must have been doing something right.

Posted by anon
a resident of The Crossings
on Oct 8, 2011 at 2:06 pm

typo alert: "Mona Simpson" not "Sampson"

Posted by Ed
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 10, 2011 at 5:22 am

Observer, the point of identifying the ethnicity of Jobs' biological father is that it was the reason his biological mother's family rejected him.

I'm not seeing an agenda here, beyond explaining why Jobs was placed for adoption, which is entirely relevant in an article about his early years.

Posted by tommygee54
a resident of Rex Manor
on Oct 10, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Now I understand why Jobs was given up for adoption. I did not know of the nationality of his biological father. So the biological moms' family had issues with the biological father as he was a Syrian Muslim. I can only assume the mom did not realize there were going to be issues from her family when she bedded with Mr. Jandali. But it is great to know his parentage and to know that he attended Crittenden about one or two years after I graduated there in June of 1969.

It is interesting to note that Jobs biological parents married anyway sometime later. Strange how life works out.

Posted by Observer
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 10, 2011 at 5:08 pm

I wonder if Steve Jobs still would have been the creative genius everyone points out he is if, when a child, he was too busy surfing the internet, engaged in social media or viewing unrestricted pornography? The ultimate irony is that Steve Jobs didn't have an iPod or iPhone or iMac or iBook or iPad or the internet growing up to distract him on his path to genius. He certainly wasn't impressed with Mountain View Schools back then either, as is the case of the editors here, given the gratuitous and unwarranted slur against one of the city's public schools as quoted in the LA Times. What value does it add to the article here?

Posted by dominick
a resident of Waverly Park
on Oct 10, 2011 at 11:12 pm

The reason Steve's adoptive father moved from Mountain View was because the school Steve was going to was so bad he wanted to move where Steve could attend a better school.Maybe that's why Mountain View is reluctant to mention that Jobs lived there at one time.

Posted by Jeff B.
a resident of Monta Loma
on Oct 11, 2011 at 2:27 pm

I don't blame Steve for wanting to leave Crittenden. I was there close to the same time and it was a rather scary place back then. There were fights every day and M80's going of all the time in and out of the classroom. I'm sure things have changed but it was the wildest school I ever attended. It could be fun at time but very difficult to be a serious student in that environment.

Posted by Kman
a resident of Monta Loma
on Oct 11, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Ten years ago we had Steve Jobs, Bob Hope and Johnny Cash. Now we have no jobs, no hope and no cash.

Posted by anne
a resident of another community
on Oct 12, 2011 at 7:11 am

I've read a Steve Jobs' interview where he says he skipped the 5th grade, and apparently he went straight to Crittenden. But the picture shows Steve in 6th grade in San Remo. So how long has Steve studies in San Remo?

Posted by Charlene
a resident of another community
on Oct 12, 2011 at 9:47 am

I work at Crittenden as a Yard Duty, so take this as you will: I don't know how Crittenden was back then; but I believe its very good. My daughter is in 7th grade there, and loves it! The teachers she has are awesome and she's doing well. The principal, vice principal and intervention officer are great to work with. They don't put up with attitude and deal with issues as they come up. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule, I suppose, but I for one, love this community!! If I didn't think it was a good environment for my daughter, we wouldn't have her there as a student. I would have to find an alternative that didn't cost much as we don't have a lot of money to spare. I just wantd to put in my two cents worth-thanks!

Posted by mv mom
a resident of another community
on Oct 13, 2011 at 2:13 pm

I agree wholeheartedly with Charlene. Karen Robinson is the best!

Posted by Sharon
a resident of North Whisman
on Oct 13, 2011 at 5:56 pm

My Daughters went to Crittenden in the 80's. They had Karen Robinson as a teacher for 5th grade and she was wonderful.

Posted by Suzanne
a resident of another community
on Oct 13, 2011 at 9:03 pm

I don't think San Ramon was a middle school. I was in Kindergarten there in 1965. It was a normal elementary school, I believe.

Posted by Robert
a resident of another community
on Oct 25, 2011 at 5:56 pm

I'm a little older than Steve Jobs so I never knew him then but I grew up in the same neighborhood and went to the same schools as him. San Ramon was an elementary school like Monta Loma but smaller, only 7 classrooms I think in a then somewhat rural area of Mtn.View (no sidewalks). Puzzling why Steve, who lived behind Monta Loma, went to San Ramon which was much further away, across Rengstorff. Crittenden was no big deal, like any other middle school I suppose. Kids could be rowdy there but for that age group, that's not unusual. Steve Jobs looked like any of the other kids back then. Just goes to show you never know.

Posted by Debby F.
a resident of another community
on Jan 15, 2012 at 7:55 pm

I grew up in the Monta Loma neighborhood and attended Monta Loma from kindergarten through 5th grade. In the fall of 1965 all Monta Loma 6th graders were transferred to San Ramon due to classroom overcrowding....I'm not sure if they continued this practice after the 65/66 school year because I moved on to Crittenden for 7th & 8th grade. San Ramon was a small rural type school at that time....I was both at San Ramon and in Crittenden at the same time as Steve Jobs (afer he apparently skipped 5th grade and went directly to 6th). I don't remember him and I sure don't remember Crittenden being the type of school he described. Junior High was difficult anywhere you went....Crittenden, certainly no worse.

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