Thursday, December 15, 2005

Nineteenth Century Principals

Our school principal, Earl Brown, who retired in 1963, always seemed old to me, especially when compared to many of the younger teachers at Madison Central High School. Now I know why. I've just finished posting Mr. Brown's obituary on this blog, and when you "do the math," as many of us do when we read obituaries, you'll see that he was born in the 19th century, as was Vida V. Smith, who was principal of Madison Central Junior High School when I entered in 1959.

Interestingly, both Mr. Brown and Miss Smith were graduates of Madison Central High School (still called Madison High School when they graduated). So was Miss Mackin, although since she was born in the 20th century (1901) she was bit younger than the two principals. Coach Harris was also an alumnus, but by the time he graduated, the school was called Madison Central High School.

The information about Mr. Brown's status as a Central alumnus comes from a "Your Madisonian" feature in the Wisconsin State Journal, published on March 3, 1959. Back then, being chosen to appear in the weekly "Your Madisonian" feature was very prestigious, its subjects the most important and influential people in Madison. When you read the article (reprinted below), you'll discover that it was probably used as the basis for much of the information in Mr. Brown's obituary.

Note: If the "Your Madisonian" article is difficult to read, try double clicking on the image to enlarge it in your browser.

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