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OBIT: David Bradbury, Retired Ceramics Teacher at Peninsula HS

Graduating with Palos Verdes's first class and then spending 30-plus years at Peninsula, he was a true son of the area.

David Bradbury, a retired ceramics teacher at Peninsula High School, recently died after a struggle with cancer.
David Bradbury, a retired ceramics teacher at Peninsula High School, recently died after a struggle with cancer.

David Brabury, a 30-year ceramics teacher who retired from Peninsula High School, recently passed away after a brief struggle with cancer. He was 67.

Bradbury actually graduated from the first class at Palos Verdes High School, earning a bachelor’s degree from University of Redlands and a master’s at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. He then returned to the area to work at Peninsula High School, according to an online obituary.

About his art, Bradbury once wrote: "I find my visual ideas in the patterns and symmetry of the natural environment, and I'm also drawn to the whimsical ways and charming appearance of our furry mammals. Art brings me great joy, and I want people to smile and feel happy in response to my work,” according to an online obituary notice.

Formers students from all over are mourning his passing online.

“RIP Mr. Bradbury. Your class was the only one I looked forward to. Your kind heart, soul and being so open minded was refreshing. Most people remember the teachers they did not enjoy or learn from, but I will always remember you. You taught me more than ceramics,” wrote Doreen Green, who now lives in Ventura.

Troy Nordahl of San Pedro wrote: “Mr. B! You inspired and motivated countless students (including myself) who were fortunate enough to cross your path. Your kindness, talent and love for your students made a huge difference in the lives of generations of kids. You will never be forgotten.”

According to the Peninsula High School website, there will be a celebration of his life at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 8 in the Kelly Johnson Field House, 27118 Silver Spur Road., Rolling Hills Estates.

In lieu of flowers, checks may be made payable to Palos Verdes Peninsula High School (memo David Bradbury Scholarship Fund) and mailed to the school to the attention of Micah Farrell. 

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