Many members of the Class of 1965 didn't arrive at Madison Central High School until they were freshman because they attended parochial schools or other area schools that served a K-8 population.
One of those parochial schools was located on Spaight Street, not far from where I grew up. To get from my house to B.B. Clarke Beach (named for Bascom B. Clarke, founding editor of The American Thresherman magazine, the offices of which were located at 115 E. Main Street, not far from the Argus, site of the 35th reunion), you had walk by the Madison Lutheran School, so I was very much aware of it -- and of the reports that its students weren't allowed to dance.
Madision Lutheran school was housed in a building that was originally the Harvey School, a Madison public school. The building, now demolished, was designed by the architectural firm of Claude and Starck, which also designed such other local landmarks as the Doty School (which very much resembled the Harvey school), now transformed into condominums; the Majestic Theater building on King Street; and Breese Stevens Field.
Among the alumni of Madison Lutheran School are many students who went on to become Centralites, including Doug Strand, the man who shares lots of memories about Madison history by leaving comments on this blog. Now he and his fellow alumni can check out Madison Lutheran School history and names of graduates and teachers on a website created by Judy Maginnis Kuster. And if you need further evidence that my father knew what he was talking about when he used to say, "Everyone in Madison is related -- or will be," I'll tell you it took only a little checking to confirm that, yes, Judy is a daughter-in-law of Leona Kuster, who taught at Madison Central High School for many years.
There are also lots of other Madison history connections embedded in this post. Please do use the links I've created to read more about Madison history, as well as see some photographs that may bring back memories. The links, for those of you new to this blogging format, are the words with lines undeneath them. Double clicking on these words will redirect your browser to a new page.
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