Glen Roger and Bill Gould's Spirit Gate was installed in 2000 to commemorate Hester Grammar School.
Sadly San Jose's oldest elementary school would close in 2004 after 143 years of operation.
The gate and school lives on as Downtown College Prep, one of 3 high schools in the neighborhood. The gate's words of family, friendship and dream still resonate with DCP's mission of educating students who will go on to be the first college graduates in their family.
The gate is open on school days. Weekend visitors wanting to take their kids to the playground will have to use the chain link gate on the side street since the gate is locked.