The building in the picture above was a big part of my world from 1963 – 1966. The school is John Marshall High School in Cleveland, Ohio. John Marshall was my first job after graduating from college. The high school was on the western side of Cleveland, practically in the suburbs. When I was there it contained approximately 1200 students in grades 9 – 12.
It was quite a change for this farm boy from Indiana. Living in a large city was quite a change. Looking back I’m amazed that I got along as well as I did, but there were about twelve new teachers my first year and we quickly gelled into what would now be called a support group. We attended many school functions together.
During the summer my department chairman told me that I would be teaching mostly first-year algebra, with ‘one other course’. I spent more than a moment or two during the summer wondering about that ‘one other course’. On the first day of new teacher orientation Mr. Allen called me into his office to give me the bad news (his words). John Marshall was going to be offering AP Calculus for the first time and since none of the teachers with more seniority wanted to teach it, I, as the new kid on the block, would have to do it. I think I did a pretty good job of hiding my ‘disappointment’.
John Marshall remained part of my world until the summer of 1966, when I went to the University of Illinois to get my Master’s degree.
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