The 9th grade preliminaries ran
a little long in the last article so, here’s a few more thoughts to finish off the
Sports – School and Intramural.Sports opportunities were plentiful and included all
the sports except baseball.The pictures
are interesting in that the school teams were assembled on the basis of
ability, while the intramurals were a collection of friends. The football team was covered in another article.
Harassment.If there was any significant amount of it going on, I don’t recall
it.Of course, since I was nearing 6’
tall and my friends were football players, it’s possible that whatever
potential problems may have existed were avoided before they began. Big Sam Scott's 2004 memoir mentions a MJH "Vigilante" squad to deal with bullies about this time but, since his son, Sampson III, was a good friend, I don't recall hearing a thing about it.
Meadowlark Newspaper.It’s too bad that MJH didn’t put a yearbook
together like they did at Handley. We might have then had a better photo record of those years. I’m not too
sure what criteria was established for choosing a newspaper staff at either
Meadowbrook or Eastern Hills, but do recall it being an elective that required
an application for the limited spots available.It seemed to attract some of our more
ambitious students and their work in producing the publications served as
perhaps the most complete record of daily life around the schools that may now exist. A cursory review of a graciously shared 1960 HJH yearbook shows no reference to a HJH newspaper at that school.
There was some spillover of the Meadowlark
staff to the Tartan at EH, but not as much as I would have thought.At Meadowbrook, it appears to have been
something of a popular class for the more aspiring youngsters, while at Eastern
Hills, it appears to have been those who might have been more serious writers.On the other hand, with Dillard aboard, anything
was possible, and Bob Dillard went on to be a West Texas newspaperman.
Perot & sex ed.Meadowbrook Junior High in the 1950s was a
sort of nursery for future stars.Springing from its innards and roaring out the doors each afternoon was
a stream of future hi-potential youngsters. Poly received its product until 1959, when the
new EasternHillsHigh School opened and took over the finishing job.
Just within the scope of this blog’s
focus, I’ve identified future doctors, dentists, engineers, lawyers, judges, members of Congress, investment
bankers, commercial developers, Navy and airline pilots, screen writers,
Pulitzer Prize winners, mayors, professors, principals, teachers, flight attendants,
nurses, artists, writers, businessmen and owners, contractors, D.C. lobbyists,
and accountants; many of them scattered throughout the USA and the world.
As producers of thousands of children and
now, grandchildren, many of them got their start right within the walls of the East Side’s MeadowbrookJunior High School.While, to
my knowledge, none…or very few of them got their start reproductive starts
during those years…some of them soon would.
And to help ready those future stars and
others, MJH had just the ticket…an 8th grade course euphemistically called,
Health & Safety.And just the teacher…a banty hen sized lady by
the name of Bette Perot.Yep, Ross’s
older sister.She ruled her classes with
an iron hand and the demeanor that Ross later made famous during his flirtation
with the Presidency…they were like two peas in a pod.I recall very little of the class, other than
it was substantially clinical in nature…lots of drawings and name the parts,
etc.Somewhere around here, I still have
a notebook from that class; the only thing of real interest was a record Miss
Perot had everyone jot down…their height and weight at the start of the (8th
grade) year and another record at year's end.I had only gained about 2-lbs but, by the end of the year I was
something like 6” taller.
Anyway, Ross is 5’5”.Bette is shorter than that and we encountered her several years before Ross left his IBM sales job to start EDS.