Sixty years ago, a group of Quaker and like-minded families came together with the dream of creating a Quaker/Friends residential high school on the West Coast and purchased a 300-acre, historic cattle ranch in the Sierra foothills, and in 1963 opened the first Quaker residential high school west of the Mississippi. John Woolman, a Quaker born during the 1700s whose work served as the inspiration for the school’s naming, was most known for walking thousands of miles urging Quakers to abolish the institution of slavery by freeing their slaves and boycotting various goods made by slave labor. Woolman also worked diligently to promote peace among settlers and indigenous tribes, truly “letting his life speak.” John Woolman School offered students academic instruction in the Quaker tradition of peace, justice, simplicity, and a back-to-the-land lifestyle popular in the ‘60s. The school campus, called Sierra Friends Center, includes a working farm and 44 structures: dormitories, staff residences, and administrative and teaching facilities. The residential school operated until 2016. Since then the site hosts outdoor educational programs and summer camps and retreats and as a community resource. Today, Woolman at Sierra Friends Center is growing each year as our programs connect more people with our work and mission.