Keeping up with past and present happenings in a remarkable small town.
I missed it in it's prime and my parents never spoke much about it. Perhaps some of the older readers, pre-1960 something graduates, could enlighten us.
It's the current Butler Junior High.
Yes, that's what it was when I attended in the mid '60s.
I think my sophomore year was the last year for this as the "Senior" high...probably about 1960. The new HS opened for the 60-61 term. I graduated in 62.
Jungle Bell and Miss Weber! They did more for me than nearly anybody in the world.--PH
I attended the junior high in the early 90s, and I never set foot in it after the renovation. However, when you stepped in there and walked through, you knew you were in a school. That great staircase in the main entrance and the hardwood floors were so classic.
In the late 50's they used to have study halls in the auditorium whuile the band practiced on stage. Some (bad) kids would throw pennies down from the balcony. Two points if you got one in the tuba!
I remember eating lunch in balcony when the weather was bad, and we couldn't walk home. This was before there was a cafeteria and many would run to the Hot Dog shop to get 2 hots with chili/onions and french fries with gravy----it is all gone!!
I currently go to the Junior High, but I really wish I lived back in the good old days, when you could walk home for lunch, and walk around town without worries. Unfortunately, the era I live in is filled with technology and useless junk. For all I care, cellphones, computers, and electronics could be as advanced as they were in the 50's!
Do you remember that those two hot dogs and french fries cost about .30? For the same amount of money you could also get three doughnuts and a couple of cream puffs.
It was a whole different world when I attended it in the forties. Everything was about teaching and learning. Nowadays, too much is about whether things are fun or not.We had the best teachers I have ever known in my life and they prepared me for my entrance to Pitt in 1947. I am proud to have graduated from BHS in 1945. I loved every minute of it.
Since i only went there through the first six weeks of my junior year, I have very few lasting memories. The only teacher I remember was Mrs. Doerr, my Latin teacher. Also remember swimming "au natural" in PE swimming class. I seem to remember that PE was required for juniors because when I transferred to Fla. I took the same classes that I had at BHS only to find that you didn't have to take PE in Fla. Got stuck in a PE class with all the jocks. Also remember everyone walking in a circle before the start of classes, something unique to BHS.
Talking about memories - The infamous "Red-Brick Building" and "Yellow-Brick Building" description distinctions"(Anyone remenber the cafeteria in the basement of the YBB?)Both served us well, though, having went there during the turbulent late 60's and early 70's. Even though we weren't immune from the same problems as other larger towns, Butler was, in my opinion, a safe haven during those times. Will never regret having been raised there.
Oh my, seeing someone remember my Aunt Jean Weber, music teacher at Butler High School among other places is so great! She passed away in October 1995, but having people remember her makes her (and Miss Belle!) live on. Thanks for the comment, squajo!
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