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Old 07-26-2007, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Millington
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I went to Lakewood School in the 1950's, and then I moved away from Texas in 1957. Is the school still standing? Is my old principal, Paul Harris, still alive?
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Old 07-26-2007, 02:29 PM
 
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Paul Harris is still alive - he attends events at Woodrow such -- I think I saw him last at longtime math teacher Mr. Brown's (who started at WW in 1951) funeral a few months ago. As you probably know, Mr. Harris was first principal at Lakewood, then Long Jr. High, then at Woodrow - so he followed a lot of students all the way through. Wayne Pierce took over from Mr. Harris and was there for almost 20 years. Of course no one has matched Pop Ashburn's reign from 1928 to 1956.

Lakewood Elementary is indeed still standing and the small homes that once lined the streets in front of it have nearly all been torn down for $1 million homes. There were 200 students waiting to transfer in the school and each year the PTA raises over $100,000 on a tour of historic homes in the area - see: Lakewood Early Childhood PTA in Dallas, TX

I went to Lakewood in the late 60s and early 70s and I am still great friends with almost all my classmates. I probably know many of your contemporaries as siblings or parents...I have a Woodrow alumni directory so if you want me to look anyone up, PM me.
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Old 07-26-2007, 04:32 PM
 
Location: West Bloomfield
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Mr. Brown died? I didn't even hear about it. He was the best teacher (and Mr. Pierce was the best principal, IMO!). How sad.
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Old 07-26-2007, 05:43 PM
 
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Yeah Mr. Brown was not far away from his 91st birthday. Fortunately there was a large party for his 90th - we held it at East Dallas Christian Church (site of many of our Baccalaureates) and where Mr. Brown taught Sunday School for over 50 years.

Oddly enough at church they all called him "Jay" (to others - we affectionally called him 'J. Willy")
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Old 07-26-2007, 05:48 PM
 
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The wWw class of 1986 paid extra for Mr. Brown's 'guest book' to stay online:
Guest Book - John William Brown (Jay)
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Old 07-27-2007, 06:47 AM
 
Location: Millington
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I don't remember Mr. Brown. My math teacher was Mr. Scott, who also taught gym. I have forgotten the names of most of my teachers. I do remember Mrs. Jackson who was my homeroom teacher.
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Old 07-27-2007, 12:31 PM
 
Location: West Bloomfield
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Did either of you have Ms. Lundh for AP English? I always wonder what happened to her. We always thought her "water" glass was actually full of vodka!
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Old 07-27-2007, 01:15 PM
 
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Mr. Scott was still there at Lakewood if memory serves me - seemed to have curly hair and a large belly at that point (I can't talk). Mr. Steel was teaching PE and was there for decades. In fact most of the teachers at Lakewood were older and therefore we always theorized that we were raised the same as the kids from the 1930s and 40s. Miss Barnes was the youngest (just out of college) in the school by far. She later married and became Mrs. Cundiff - she never left Lakewood and just retired a couple of years ago

Believe me, we obeyed those teachers. Going to the principal (the late John Chapel) was an unimaginable ignominy.
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Old 07-27-2007, 01:19 PM
 
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I didn't have Mrs. Lundh, I had Miss McSpadden for AP English. I recently went to a party for her (she left Dallas for Chicago after marrying a clothing company CEO and was visiting). There were a lot of retired Woodrow teachers there and after a little wine they told a few stories. I don't remember Mrs. Lundh there -- but I do remember her photo and you could be right. There was another 'old maid' teacher (won't mention her name) who started when Woodrow opened in 1928 - the students from the late 1960s and early 1970s say she used to stop at 7-11 on her way home from work to buy wine every day (big scandal back in those days!)
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Old 07-27-2007, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Millington
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Wait! I just remembered another teacher: Miss McClenny (spelling wrong?)

She was full of energy.
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