- The San Luis Obispo Tribune reported that a grandfather and grandson both received diplomas at Arroyo Grande High School’s graduation.
- Kobe Hayashi’s 93-year-old grandfather Haruo was pulled out of high school and sent to an internment camp in 1942 because he was Japanese American.
- The master of ceremonies said that Hayashi “was, is, and always will be an Arroyo Grande Eagle.”
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Haruo Hayashi was supposed to graduate high school in the class of 1944.
Instead, he and his family were displaced and sent 500 miles away to the Gila River War Relocation Center, an internment camp for Japanese Americans.
From 1942 to 1945, about 117,000 Americans of Japanese descent were forced into internment camps due to an executive order issued by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in response to Pearl Harbor.
Seventy-five years later, Hayashi finally received his diploma together with his grandson, Kobe, a member of Arroyo Grande High School’s class of 2019. They even wore matching blue caps and gowns.
Rocio Palacios-DeVries, the school’s administrative secretary, paid special tribute to Hayashi at the ceremony.
“Arroyo Grande was, is, and always will be his home,” she said. “He was, is, and always will be an Arroyo Grande Eagle.”
Watch The San Luis Obispo Tribune’s full report below.