San Rafael, California: 420 Stoner Birthplace

San Rafael High School stoners first used the Louis Pasteur statue in front of their school as a daily hangout spot at 4:20 pm. An unofficial cannabis holiday is observed on April 20 (4/20), although not at this statue on school grounds.

San Rafael High School

Address:
185 Mission Ave., San Rafael, CA
Directions:
San Rafael High School. US Hwy 101 exit 452. Drive east on 2nd St. for a half-mile. Turn left into the school parking lot, park, the school entrance, faces west.
Hours:
School property, might be restricted access. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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420 Stoner Birthplace

As of July 2021 the statue was removed for construction. [Zoe, 07/15/2021]
420 Stoner Birthplace

As of July 2021, the statue was removed for construction.

[Zoe, 07/15/2021]

Statue at San Rafael High School.

420 Stoner Birthplace

It happened here!

[Val Darrington, 09/03/2018]

In 1971, a group of five friends at San Rafael High -- calling themselves the Waldos -- would meet at the school's outdoor Louis Pasteur statue at 4:20 pm to hang out, smoke pot, or search for a fabled crop growing in the vicinity. Their secret code was eventually passed onto members of the Grateful Dead, who helped spread its usage far and wide. Now it's the national holiday of marijuana.


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