Schools I’ve Attended

Those Places Thursday
My History

By Don Taylor

I often see articles and blogs that remind readers to write about their own life. Something that several suggest is to write about schools that you have attended. Most people have a few schools, but I have 15 schools that I have attended.  It is more of a book rather than an article or two. Looking back, I have attended seven elementary schools, one junior high school, three high schools, and four colleges. So, I thought I’d examine the school’s history and see what I can remember of my attending.

  • 1955 – Scheffer Elementary[1], St. Paul, MN– Kindergarten – 1955.
  • 1956 – Ralph Waldo Emerson Elementary, Minneapolis, MN – 1st grade – 1956.
  • 1957 – Cambridge Elementary, Cambridge, MN – 2nd grade – 1957.
  • 1958 – Franklin Elementary, Anoka, MN – 2nd half of 2nd grade.
  • 1958 – Parkview Elementary, Fridley, MN – 3rd, 4th, & 5th grades.
  • 1961 – Spring Lake Park Elementary, Spring Lake Park, MN – 5th & 6th grades.
  • 1961 – Elizabeth Hall Elementary, Minneapolis, MN 6th grade.
  • 1962 – Jordan Junior High School, Minneapolis, MN 7th, 8th, & 9th grades.
  • 1965 – Osse0 High, Osseo, MN – 10th, 11th, & 12th grades.

1966 – Billings Senior High, Billings, MT – part of 10th grade.[2]
1967 – Mumford High, Detroit, MI – part of 11th grade?

  • 1968 – Graduated from Osseo High School

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  • 1974 – Chapman University, Orange, California (Navy PACE)
  • 1976 – Chaminade University, Honolulu, Hawaii (Navy PACE)
  • 1981 – Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Coon Rapids, MN
  • 1984 – Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN

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For each of the schools I attended, I plan to look at the school’s history and see what memories I can jog loose about me and my attending that school.  My guess is that most of the elementary schools that I attended are now gone.


ENDNOTES

[1] Scheffer – If you had asked me before I drafted this page, I would have said I attended Schaeffer Elementary. Researching for this series of articles I learned I attended Scheffer Elementary. I double checked my DD Form 398 – Statement of Personal History, which indicated Schaeffer when I filled it out back in 1968. Also, the form only included spaces for five schools; I had to continue on another page.

[2] Billings High – I will need to look closer at this school.  For some reason. I think I went to Central High in Billings but a quick Internet search indicated that would be a Catholic school.  I am sure I attended a public school when living in Billings.