It is simple to recognize why Captain William H. Fulford of the United States Coast Guard was attracted to what is now North Miami Beach and chose to build a home in this community. While patrolling the coastline during the Spanish-American War, Captain Fulford found the area to be a retreat from the fury of the Atlantic. Today, on that identical parcel of land, sits Fulford Elementary, appropriately named in his honor. Fulford Elementary School is also a retreat where teachers, students and parents gather daily in pursuit of educational excellence.

September 6, 1960
Mrs. Pearson picks up her youngest daughter from school,
covering her head to keep her dry from the rain.

(This picture was taken at the double doors on the eastern
side of the building along NE 18th Avenue.)

Photo credit: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/4523