To get to Middle school I walked out to the road and turned right and went all the way up the hill and crossed the road. Then I turned left and walked to the next intersection and crossed the road and turned right. Then I continued to the next street and turned left and walked a couple of blocks. I saw the playground first before I saw the brick school. The playground and back of the school was at the top of the hill and the front of the school was at the bottom of the school.
I remember doing air raid drills. I remember my geography teacher who used to lean back in his chair. He would lean on the back two legs. Sometimes he would fall all the way back and he would have to pick himself up off the ground. I remember us kids doing a may pole dance routine. I guess the boy I was paired up with didn’t like me. I noticed him talking to the teacher. Then when we were going through our routine he hung on to my hand too long so I had to snatch my hand away. This is what he lied to the teacher about. So he got his wish he got another girl to do the dance with. One time I remember getting mad at a couple of girls on the playground and beating them up. So then my mom got a talking to and all of a sudden I was being taught how to be a ‘Lady’.
High School was even further away than the elementary or middle school. Walk out to the road turn right and go to the end of the road and cross it. Then turn right and walk to where the road turned sharply to the left. Then walk past the elementary school to the next major intersection cross that road and then walk all.the.way.down. to the bottom of the hill to the High School. The lockers and places to hang your coat were almost right as soon as you walked into the building.
The first day of Junior High I was wondering what happened to the girls in the class because they all of a sudden had makeup etc. I mean come on, these are the same boys we went to school with last year, what’s the big deal. At first it was confusing changing classes every hour but then it became easy to do because you just follow the same kids to the next class room. That worked for Junior High but by the time I got to Senior High I had my class schedule out and followed it until I had it memorized.
Every other friday was horrible because the school paper came out and you had to have a nickel to get it. I didn’t always have a nickel so I couldn’t get the paper that week. Gym class was a caution. Had to get the dark blue gym shorts but you could wear your own white shirt, white tennis shoes and white socks. On Monday I would bring my gym bag with the clean gym clothes and towel for the shower after class. When Friday came the clothes would be stinking and dirty so I would put them in the gym bag to be brought back in on Monday all clean to start all over.
When I got to high school I joined every club that would have me. I tried out for the cheerleading squad but that was the only thing I was not accepted into. I remember my 9th grade english teacher would have us each take a turn to read then after about 5 minutes she would ask another student to read and so on. So the day she asked me to read I thought it would be for 5 minutes just like everyone else but no, I read for the rest of the hour. Afterwards she talked to me and that is how I joined the Forensics Debate team in the serious interpretation segment.
I was on the school paper. This was back when we had ditto machines and that is how we printed the paper. We used sharp styluses to create the headlines. I messed up a headline real bad and noticed that when the paper came out it was a different headline.They had cut out my headline and pasted a new rectangle in and redid the headline.
I went to three proms, my soon to be husband’s senior prom, my junior prom and my senior prom. I made my dresses for each one. Two of them I sewed and one I knitted. Back then it was looked down on if you had to make your own clothes. It was also much less expensive than buying off the rack. The plus to making your own clothes for a prom was that when you walked in you were the only one in the room with that style and material. The other girls oftentimes had the same dress just different sizes and colors.
Driver’s education was held at the high school during summer and we practiced in the parking lot. School dances were held in the lunch room. Study hall took place in the lunch room as well. The library was in the middle of the school. The gymnasium was on the east side of the school.
I didn’t graduate from that high school I had to transfer and graduated from another high school. If I had graduated from that school my senior picture would have listed under my picture all the clubs and other activities I had joined during high school, oh well.