Today In Michael Jackson History (October 11th)


1989 – Michael Goes Back To School

Michael goes back to school when he visits Room 8 at the Gardner Street Elementary School in Hollywood, Los Angeles, where he attended sixth grade as a child. The school’s auditorium had been recently refurbished to dedicate in his honor, renaming it ‘The Michael Jackson Auditorium’. Michael’s former 6th grade teacher, Mrs. Gerstin, and Mrs. Rose Fine, his tutor when he was on the road with the Jackson 5, both attended the dedication.

Michael Jackson’s homecoming excited Gardner Street Elementary School pupils, who watched as the pop music superstar helped dedicate a remodeled auditorium named in his honor, symbol of then renamed Gardner Street Elementary School from Los Angeles, California.

Dressed in leather black pants and a red shirt covered in zippers, studs & buckles, and long black fingerless gloves arrived at the school Wednesday to students’ squeals of “Michael! Michael!” and was guided into the building by police officers.

After several speeches by the school superintendent, PTA representatives, teachers, pupils and parents, Michael’s former 6th grade teacher Laura Gerstin introduced Michael and presented him with “Michael Jackson Auditorium” plate – commemorative plaque: “It’s an honor to present this plaque to you on behalf of the parents and faculty, past and present, of Gardner School as a token of our respect and our love for you not only as a performer, but as a fine human being.”

Michael spoke briefly as always, and has this to say on being honored: “First of all I’d like to thank my teacher, Mrs. Gerstin, Mrs. Rose Fine, she’s another one of my teachers, she’s here also and I’d like to thank her. I am deeply touched and honored that the PTA, principal and faculty members, and students have been so kind as to dedicate the Auditorium, where I sat as a child, in my honor. We must never forget that the children are our future, and without them mankind would become extinct. I thank Mrs. Gerstin, I love you, and Ms. Rose Fine (the Jackson 5’s former tutor), I love you, and the Garden Street School associates and all the children. I love you. Thank you.”

Following the presentation of the plaque, a very happy student presented Michael with a key to the school. Michael then joined the choir in singing “We Are The World.” A small crowd then moved outside as Michael unveiled the new letters on the face of the building identifying it as the Michael Jackson Auditorium.

Following the unveiling, Michael was given a tour of his former school. He visited his old classroom and autographed the wall with a marker, “Michael Jackson Love the Children”. Epic official Lary Stesselm, Bob Jones and Bill Bray accompanied Michael.

Janique Hennessee, 11, said she was so excited to see Michael that she started crying, but Michael came up to her and dried her tears.


1970 – The Jackson 5 perform at Memphis, Tennessee on their first national tour.

1987 – Michael performs BAD tour at Osaka Stadium in Osaka, Japan.

1988 – Michael performs BAD tour at Richfield Coliseum in Cleveland [US].


1996 – Michael performs HIStory concert at Olympic Stadium in Seoul, South Korea attending 72,000. Only this concert, from Seoul was commercially released on VHS in Korea.


1997 – While Michael’s HIStory concerts were seen in Cape Town, Johannesburg & Durban, with all performances selling out, the King of Pop became an honorary member of the Bafokeng Ka Bakwena (People of the Crocodile) tribe in Phokeng.

Michael’s parents, Joseph & Katherine, met the tribe a few days before & also got “citizenship” certificates & his ex wife Lisa Marie attend the event.


Source: Michael Jackson For All Time / MJJEternal / MJJCommunity / MJJTime /

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  1. our homepage July 10, 2014 at 1:19 PM - Reply

    MJ is truly the king. Anytime i listen to his tracks i feel like he is still alive. Certainly one of the most significant pop music stars ever been born!

  2. Patti October 11, 2017 at 8:25 PM - Reply

    I love the animation you did. pretty cool. Through the years eh? 😉

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