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#4 – Los Gatos High School

Initial Service

This Crown A -779 -11 Supercoach was built in 1952, as #4, for Los Gatos High School in Los Gatos, CA.

Service History

This bus was initially powered by a 779 cu. in. Hall-Scott gasoline engine. In 1970 it was repowered with a 220 Cummins diesel. 

Los Gatos #4 was sold in 1973 to St. Francis High School in Mountain View, CA, and renumbered as St. Francis High School #3.

Pathway to PBM

Pacific Bus Museum Member, Tom Shafer, bought the bus in 2001 after it was retired. He donated it to the Pacific Bus Museum in 2003.

What People Love

It’s a school bus. They are universally loved, often as a kid’s first bus memory.

This bus was featured in this Smucker’s commercial: Show & Tell  

The shoot took place at the Newhall Ranch in Fillmore, CA on April 7-8, 2010. The production company wanted a school bus from the 1950s and the PBM’s 1952 Crown fit their requirements perfectly… PBM member Dave Hughes drove the bus for the shoot.
(Source: PBM Member’s newsletter, The Paddle April/May 2010)
 

With a name like Smucker’s, it has to be good!

     
This bus was featured in the 2007 Zodiac movie with Jake Gyllenhaal.  

Our Crown #4 standing by on the set of the 2007 Zodiac movie with Jake Gyllenhaal.

Plan Your Visit

How You Can Help

As a volunteer orginization, we are always looking for as much help as we can get. If you've got skills and time, and want to get your hands dirty, consider becoming a member.

If you don't want to contribute "hands-on", financial donations for the restoration of bus #4 are also needed at this time to complete this remaining work. All donations for bus #4 will be placed in a Special Fund account exclusively for the restoration and maintenance of bus #4. Please make a donation today to continue the restoration of bus #4!

Make a "Pacific Bus Museum" donation to the Special Funds account for for bus #4.

Support Bus #4

The Pacific Bus Museum is a non-profit, tax-exempt, volunteer organization registered in the state of California. We were granted tax-exempt status as a non-profit corporation by the IRS under 501 (c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code Tax ID # 1683391. Donations to the Pacific Bus Museum are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

 

TV Ad

Smucker’s – 2012 

Hurry up. We’ll miss the bus!

This bus was featured in this Smucker’s commercial: Show & Tell YouTube Video  

Movie Star

Zodiac – 2007 

I’m gonna drive him myself today.

This bus was featured in the 2007 Zodiac movie with Jake Gyllenhaal.

Restoration Status

#4 is operable and in good mechanical condition with the body and interior in good physical condition. The crossover lights have been repaired.

Ownership Snapshot

Original Owner: Los Gatos High School

Acquired From: PBM member Tom Shafer in 2001

Current Livery: Los Gatos High School #4

Technical Specs

Year Built: 1952

Manufacturer: Crown Coach Corp., Los Angeles

Model: A-779-11 Supercoach

Serial#: 32951

Powertrain: Cummins 220 Diesel engine mounted midship underfloor with a 5-speed Fuller mechanical transmission

Body: Steel structure with aluminum panels

Length: 35 ft

Width: 96 in

Seating: 79 students (3 & 3 seating)

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