A Few Thoughts about JHS
The new Joplin High is enormous and quite impressive, but for the Class of ’63, JHS will always be a buff-brick school at the very corner of 20th and Indiana, a beautiful mini-forest of shade trees gracing the north end of A-Hall and B-Hall. We sometimes sat under those trees when it was too hot to stay inside (no air conditioning then), and we watched them reflect the changing seasons from year to year. We graduated in our own auditorium—the place where we had attended dozens of assemblies, staged plays, and performed in concerts.
Our school was blown away one Sunday afternoon, and we were amazed by how deeply we felt its loss. How many of us have a brick we retrieved from the rubble? Mine is in a bookcase in my office. Our JHS isn’t really gone, though. It resides in our memories, looking just as it did when we walked the halls, congregated in the Student Lounge, ate the cafeteria chili, studied in the library, and reported to the office from time to time, willingly or not. It still belongs to us.
In the history of JHS, though, we aren’t the only alumni whose school changed locations to occupy a new building. The moves weren’t dramatic or traumatic, but since 1890, JHS has been all over town, literally, beginning in a three-story school at 4th and Jackson. That brick building is long gone, the site now the location of the Red Cross office. Seven years later, JHS moved to 4th and Byers. In 1918, the Eagles flew to another new nest at 8th and Wall, where they remained until the fall of 1958 when our JHS opened its doors. We arrived as sophomores two years later, and the rest, as they say … well, we all remember the rest! And we won’t be forgetting it—or one another—any time soon.
It’s remarkable to me that the Class of ’63 has remained in such close contact all these years. This site is the newest way that is being achieved. Let’s make the most of it. Take a few minutes every so often and post something on the page—where you are, where you’ve been, what you’re doing, a favorite memory, or some family news. Okay, I’ll go first.
After teaching language arts at JHS for twenty-nine years, I retired, but not really. (I’ve heard that our generation can’t seem to stop working!) Since then I’ve taught high school in Kansas and in Las Vegas, and I now work on line for a scholastic web site and publishing company based in Seattle. I love the job, and it’s great to work at home. Where else can you work in your pajamas? Now it’s your turn. Post something on our page, and let’s stay in touch!
Susan Fritts Hurn
Take a look at our class website. In the CLASSMATE PROFILE section you can tell us a little about yourself including pics and bio or just random thoughts. Check out the photos and videos from our last class reunions and we have included a section on our new high school. The CLASSMATE PROFILE is a complete list (we hope) of our classmates. We may not have complete or correct information. If not please feel free to fill in the missing information including e-mail address.