Keith Prichard's CCHS Memories
Photo in 1956 Columbian
Dr. Prichard's August 30,
2006 letter to the Editor of The
Post & Mail:
Educator has fond memories of CCHS classes of ’56, ’57
It is almost 50 years since I taught history and something that was supposed to
resemble economics at Columbia City High School. I left that
teaching position to do graduate work at Harvard University and earn a Ph.D.
I suppose I have taught thousands of students at major institutions of higher
learning; and yet, it is the graduating classes of Columbia City High School of
1956 and 1957 that I best remember. I well know they are now senior citizens and
only five or six years younger than myself, in my mind they are and will always
be 16, 17 and 18 years of age. They have
While I have been a professor at Wake Forest University, the University of
Virginia, and the University of Nebraska and have spent many pleasant years in
front of innumerable classes, the happiest and most pleasant of them were spent
at the old, somewhat dilapidated building that housed the Columbia City High
School students the two years before the school moved to the newer building.
I have served under many educational administrators but none were more able or
more considerate than Max Gandy, the principal of the high school.
I also well remember Marguritte Stultz who was very near retirement and often
rode down to see her relatives in Indianapolis when on weekends I traveled
to my parent’s home in central Indiana.
Bernie Adkins, the women’s athletic coach and typing teacher at the time will
always be 21 years of age. She had the vitality and good humor that makes
And then there was Ralph Johnson, the basketball coach, with whom I played poker
on most Friday evenings, and their worst behavior would be considered of
trifling importance today ... not worthy of attention.
I still remember where most of the students sat in the classrooms while I have
completely forgotten most all of the college and university students I lectured
to over the 36 years of my career. I actually cannot imagine Jo Ellen Adams,
Myra Lorber, Rodger Bridge, Ronnie Yant, Joe Yoder, Vickie Leach and Larry
Conrad being senior citizens and past 65 years of age.
I wish to thank the members of the classes of 1956 and 1957 on their 50th class
reunion and the fine citizens of Columbia City for the two of the happiest years
of my rather long teaching career.
I welcome correspondence from any who might wish to contact me.
Dr. Keith W. Prichard
3424 Woodspring Dr.
Lexington, KY 40515
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