Our short tour of Southern
. . .
. . . was on Friday afternoon, August 19, 2011.
Southern assistant principal
Julie Lawrence gave us a walking
tour of the first floor and lower level of the main building after being
told that we especially wanted to see areas we might still recognize. The
familiar main cafeteria was our staging area, then we hit the hallways and
were shown the nearby but separate "senior cafeteria," which looked out over
the loading dock to the main parking lot.
Principal Bryce Hibbard,
who is new to Southern this year, caught up with us there and gave us a warm
welcome before we headed to the drab, scarcely-changed auditorium, where we
once had TV classes and enjoyed stage productions such as our junior and
senior variety shows and drama department plays and various musical
While seated in the auditorium, we made time
for a group picture of those who came to revisit Southern High, then we
headed along the ground floor again to visit home economics classrooms and
some athletic facilities, where the wrestling team coach greeted us and
talked just a bit. Some late arrivals caught up with us as we headed to see
the two new (to us) gymnasiums, the larger named after Irvin Brooks,
who was our assistant principal. Most of us were a bit disoriented by this
time, since these areas were not around in our school days. Thankfully, the
buildings known to us as "the portables" are long gone but,
regrettably, what was for us a brand new swimming pool is now history, too.
Following our tour guide, we soon found ourselves in the music room with
band instruments and a huge trophy area.
The Southern campus is filled with buildings
that were not around when we were in school, so we had to keep up to avoid
getting lost. None of us needed to be cautioned about running up the steps.
To avoid too much walking, we did not visit the various ball playing fields
and practice facilities that now occupy
was mostly undeveloped land in the 1950s.
We did trudge up the stairway to the second
and third floors in the main building, which was our stomping ground. The
hallways there looked much the same except for the purple lockers. When we
stored our books and personal items with combination locks, the lockers were
merely institutional gray. Most colorful of all, though, was the Southern
Hall of Fame wall located near the front office where many of us concluded
our tour. Our guide, Julie Lawrence, invited any who had energy left to join
her for a visit to the automotive department, but this observer was ready to
call it a day. After all, Richard and Marcella's house party was just hours
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-- Jim Reed