Saturday, November 22, 2008

John Muir Jr High School (now John Muir Middle School)

Today is the 45th anniversary of President Kennedy's assassination and I was thinking about where I was on that day. It was 1963 and we, the BHS class of '67, were in 9th grade - some at Luther and the rest of us at Muir. (The other Luther students and all those from Jordan Junior High went to John Burroughs High School.)

I remember standing in the hall between classes when someone said, "The President's been shot!" Stunned by those words, I didn't know what to think. Years later after the movie, "JFK" came out in 1991, more questions arose. Today, I doubt the 'official' story the world was told.

In any case, it is interesting that I just received the following email from Cathy Nicholls Coyle regarding John Muir. I'm not sure who did the graphic, but I remember watching them make it in my art class - a linoleum or wood carving - pretty cool! Thanks Cathy.

Look what I found...

Hi CP:
I was looking through some old paperwork and came across this old John Muir Junior High School Promotion Program from 1964. Thought it would be good to share with our classmates who attended John Muir. Maybe those who went to Luther and Jordan can scan and post theirs too.


(Click on program to enlarge)

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The Burbank John Muir school building still looks the same from when we went there 1962-1964!

Known as John Muir Middle School today, the school first came into being in 1922 when a separate school for the 7th and 8th grades was organized and called John Muir Intermediate School. John Muir started out with less than two hundred students and six teachers. The John Muir Parent Teachers Association was formed in 1923 and has been an active, integral part of the school ever since. The 9th grade was added to John Muir Intermediate School in 1925 and the name of the school was changed to Burbank Junior High School.

At this time there were 670 students and about 25 teachers. In 1929 the name of the school was changed once again, to John Muir Junior High. The school's original location was at 220 East Grinnell Drive. In 1952, its current buildings were completed and the school was moved to 1111 Kenneth Road.

From 1922 up until the present time, John Muir has had 11 principals. The first principal was Elliot B. Thomas who served for 8 years. Allan H. Burnside served the longest amount of time, 19 years, from 1962 to 1981. Under the tenure of William Kuzma, John Muir once again experienced change, sending the 9th grade to the high school and receiving the 6th grade from the elementary schools, becoming John Muir Middle School.

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