JOHN MORSE GANTNER — 8th generation San Franciscan. His great, great, great grandfather, Ignacio Vincente Vallejo was present at the founding of the San Francisco Presidio in 1776. His great, great grand-father was Salvador Vallejo, brother of Mariano G. Vallejo (General Vallejo). Salvador had a warehouse in San Francisco for the sale of furs and other California products. John’s grandfather John Gantner married Salvador Vallejo’s grand-daughter Adela Frisbie, John’s grandmother. All were San Franciscans. John was educated at Stanford followed by a law degree from the University of California. In the year of John’s birth, 1940, his father, John O. Gantner, Jr. bought School House Vineyard. John has worked the vineyard all his life and continues to spend all his time to further its production.
NANCY WALKER — Her family moved from Oklahoma City, to Newport Beach, California in May 1951. Quite a change in environment; she is grateful to this day for that move. The family left Newport in 1957 and moved to Berkeley, another big change. Her first “adult” job was a reservation agent for United Airlines beginning in 1960. For the next 15 years her work was primarily in the travel business. Another big change in 1968, while working for the Asia Foundation, she became interested in politics culminating in election to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1979. She stayed on the board until deciding to not seek re-election in 1991. By that time she had met John Gantner through mutual friends in San Francisco and determined that her future was with him and restoring School House Vineyards while making a life in the Napa Valley. That was a happy and rewarding choice which continues to this day.