Monday, March 9th, 2009

Kicking it Old School

I must admit that lately I have spent some time over on Facebook. Don't worry Humzoo, you're still my favorite.

Anyway, a group recently popped up for my old grade school in Westchester, Illinois. The building was called George F. Nixon School (named after the local builder George F. Nixon), and my Dad was the principal from the mid-1970s until the early 1980s. We were the Nixon Knights and our school colors were blue and white.

Up until the early 1980s, Westchester had four grade schools. As enrollment dropped in the District 92 1/2 schools (Yes! 92 1/2. That wasn't a typo), the decision was made to ultimately merge the four buildings into two. Following the 1980-1981 school year, the merge finally happened. Nixon School was converted from a K-8 facility into the village's middle school. Though the building was transformed into a school, the story of Nixon School came to a close. The blue and white was replaced with black and gold. They traded in the Knight mascot for a Warrior. The name changed from Nixon to the Westchester Middle School.

Once I joined the group, I was flooded with messages like, "Oh my God, were you the principal's kid?" Another was, "My best friend was your babysitter." The best one was, "I spent a lot of time in your Dad's office."

A few days later I was asked if my Dad had any old photos from those days. The answer was, "Yes. Boxes upon boxes of them." So far they have been a hit. Since I feel like I've neglected Humzoo lately, I figured I would post some of the photos over here.

Beware. You are about to see some bad fashion statements.

1 Comment
I love the pictures! It's really great your dad hung on to them for so long.
Ames   Tuesday, March 10, 2009
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