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After reading this week’s Timber Lake Topic on your reporting of the seniors’ graduating and the eighth grade moving up into high school this coming school year, I wanted to share a situation that caught the high school completely off guard when the school year started in August 1960. Fifty-one students showed up to start the 9th grade. It overwhelmed the school staff and administration so much we did not have classes the first week of school. They had to figure out how to handle this unexpected increase in student population. I do not know for sure why the school leadership did not see this coming, but I would suspect they miscalculated the number of eighth grade students coming from the country schools and private schools.

The numbers dwindled some the next three years. We had a 1964 graduating class of 38 students. At the time that was a record graduating class size. Out of all those students came good athletic teams in Cross Country, Football, Basketball, and Track. Some of the country school kids did not have the luxury of having organized sports at the 5-8 grade years as the town school kids. They would go out for organized sports for the first time their 9th grade year not being so great. But by their senior year they were a force to be dealt with in their sport.




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