Spyglass: Volume XXIV | Issue VI | May 2009


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Spyglass50th Anniversary Commemorative Issue 1959-2009 Joplin High School Newspaper 2104 Indiana, Joplin, Missouri VOLUME XXIV, ISSUE 6 -- MAY 2009


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1959-2009 Commemorative Issue May 2009 Page 2 Cover clockwise from top left: Joseph Wright, Tamara Zajac; Dane Kolkmeyer; Spyglass staff; Ethan Neely; Emily Arm- strong, Ivan McElwee. Photos by John Butler 50 YEARS AT JHS Across The Years ... Dear Student, Faculty, Staff, and Parents: This school year has been a great time to remember the past as we chart the future for the next 50 years at Joplin High School here at 2104 Indiana Street. Last year at this time we were planning many events for this school year and we are proud of the activities we have been able to have at JHS to honor the last fifty years in this building. Our present facility was completed in 1958 and the first class of seniors received their diplomas in May 1959. This special issue of Spyglass is a collaborative effort between the Newspaper class, who normally produce the newspaper, and the newspaper Journalism class. All research has been done by them. All photographs have been located or taken by them. All page layouts have been designed by them. Special thanks to all who contributed their time to this effort. Since 1959 the school has changed its name two times, numerous state championships have been won by teams and individual students, over 18,000 students have graduated, many faculty members have been awarded for their excellence in the classroom, and many Spyglass Staff Members: Nikki Burkett, ‘09; Qwyntnn Brown, ‘09; Hunter Dowell, ‘09; Mary Beth Roush, ‘09; John Butler, ‘09; Aaron Murray, ‘10; Sarah Sticklen, ‘11; Taylor Camden, ‘12. memories of being a high school student in a Midwest high school will live on forever! We hope in 2059 the staff and students at Joplin High School will be able to look back and celebrate the last half-century of accomplishments too. Journalism Class Members: JoAnna Cole, Brittany Conroy, Kaylee Dawson, Megan Detherage, Robert Gallagher, Sincerely, Cody Hefley, Ashley Henson, Jimmy Henson, Candice Kell, Kirk Monroe, Cheyanna Dr. Kerry Sachetta Principal of Joplin High School Padilla, Sarah Phillips-Henry, Jordyn Pierce, Madison Pollock, Phaze Roeder, Josh Sommer, Dayton Whitehead.


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COVER STORY 1959-2009 Commemorative Issue May 2009 Page 3 Ivan McElwee, a designer of Joplin High School, sheds light on the school’s history If these walls could speak... byHunterDowell Ivan McElwee influences you every day, as a stu- stint in the service I started studying it.” ministration building is now kind of like a nursery and grew dent, teacher, or visitor. For fifty years his creation has stood “After the war we had counselors that talked to us to a bunch of shrubs and the like, and he (Roi Wood) was re- strong and a beacon of learning for the city of Joplin. see what our interests were,” he said. sponsible for putting the pin oak in the x-shape out there. He Joplin High School has been at 2104 Indiana for fifty “I was in Kansas City and came to Joplin with a firm; may have had a reason, but not that I know of. I guess he just years. Luckily, Ivan McElwee, was able to recall the days of the firm’s name was Peterson and Scharagg. I was part of the thought it was good idea, better than a random building.” 1958 when the then-new modern building was being built so organization that was commissioned to design the new high McElwee had an interesting contract “I was here all that its new twenty-first century students and beyond could school. There were three of us.” the time during construction that’s how I came to Joplin, but feel a connection with the mid-twentieth century building. Peterson and Scharagg also this is a little unusual.” He Mr. McElwee wasn’t always an architect or building designed two other schools in Joplin: goes on, “The contract stat- designer, but always had thought it interesting. McKinley and Eastmoreland. “I guess I had always been interested in it. After my “Most of Joplin was located Of course, McElwee’s first ed that there would be a full time presence to make sure it north of where Joplin High School is now,” McElwee commented, “You didn’t have all the houses around concern was “to build a high school to take care of a lot of students for many years.” was built like the plans and specifications. And so I was transferred down here to do that, and I liked Joplin so I stayed.” here, just land sitting The new school here, not being uti- took approximately two years lized, and you could to build. just see the beginnings of houses being de- Fifty years later, McElwee makes observations about veloped around the area.” the way JHS has changed, “The canopy has been added. “We were following guidelines put Originally, the façade was mainly windows, but most are forth by the superintendent who was, at that covered up now, which is understandable for economic sake; time, Roi Wood,” McElwee said. and of course the major changes like back along the south “There was some thought that it (the end where another gymnasium was added and some class- school) should have been built on the high rooms where added.” spot back on 24th, but Mr. Wood insisted it But he believes the thing that has most changed isn’t be built here on 20th, and I believed he was even the building itself but rather it’s contents, “Dress is right. You get the best exposure on a more very different in kids now then back then, much more infor- major street like 20th.” mal. I suppose kids are kids, but the dress code was strict and McElwee and his firm took the now it has become more relaxed.” guidelines then made them their own, nego- McElwee’s original design is still among the new tiating and sacrificing some features. renovations, “Most of the old hallways and classrooms are “Whatever the owner’s needs and the same, just different.” desires are, which in this case was the school And he is still very proud of this school, “I think it district’s, plus you have to work with what’s was been a very successful building; that it has served us this there, such as the contours and things. All long testifies that it is a great building.” of these things plus more are factors when Emily Armstrong, senior at JHS and McElwee’s building a school. Stay within a budget, you granddaughter, was in shock to find that her grandfather was have those limitations.” the architect of her high school, “I didn’t really know, or had McElwee comments, “Then, of any clue that he had built this school. I guess I didn’t really course, there was back and forth till we came believe it was him in the picture.” They both laugh over up with the solution.” this. Of course, McElwee’s first concern Emily found out about her grandfather by a picture was “to build a high school to take care of a shown to her by Mrs. Janet Myers, a teacher at JHS. lot of students for many years.” The picture was of the groundbreaking of the new While excavating in 1956, McElwee school. McElwee explains, “It was a picture from the news- discovered some underground problems. paper. I was standing there with school officials and the con- “The site was difficult; it was just a tractors at the time and the like. “ bunch of trees, and as we excavated for the McElwee laughs then explains, “I was a young man south parking lot we hit what we thought was so she first had to get over that. That’s the difference; ev- an underground spring. “ eryone notices that first I had a lot of black hair back then, “We just had to run water out for believe it or not.” days and days and days. It was very wet and Ivan McElwee is very proud of this school as is most soggy back there so we had to work out an of Joplin’s community. The excitement around the school in underground drainage system that would 1958, expressed by McElwee, is still around after fifty years, take water out to the city’s water sewer.” and will be for many years to come. McElwee explains about the trees shaped in an x on the school’s front lawn. Photo by John Butler “The school used the property where the ad- Ivan McElwee stands proudly outside of Joplin High School.


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1959-2009 Commemorative Issue May 2009 Page 4 JHS BEFORE 1959 central high school 4th & byers joplin high school 4th & jackson, jackson school 18th & connor, lafayette school 815 e 7th, lincoln (segregated school) joplin high school, now memorial 1958 joplin high school Layout by Hunter Dowell


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50 YEARS AT JHS Hair then and now By Qwyntnn Brown 1960s Those farmiliar hairstyles that we will never forget. Some are welcome back into fashion others we hope never return. 1970s 1959-2009 Commemorative Issue May 2009 Page 5 Pamela Jean Bittick ‘69 Bouffant Style Teasing it up in back and smoothing top of tease. 1980s Richard Lee Duckworth ‘69 Comb-over Style Similar to swoopy bangs but smoot all over and professional. 1990s Janene I. Masoner ‘70 Ferrah Faucett Style Soft curls and feathered all over. Ron Corkle ‘77 Surfer Style Medium-long length, ends flip naturally. 2000s Cheryl Felker ‘87 The Madonna Style Lots of hairspray and big bangs. Paul Decastro ‘87 Mullet Style Short in front long in back, can be curly or straight. Karla Musser ‘98 The Rachel Style Curly natural and layered, made popular by Rachel from Friends. Matt Cearnal ‘95 Erin Bader ‘08 Dominic Box ‘08 The Bowl-cut Style Swoopy Bangs Scene Hair Layer of medium length Layerd with bangs that Choppy layered hairstyle hair on-top buzzed on almost sweep along your often with funky colors. bottom. eyes.


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1959-2009 Commemorative Issue May 2009 Page 6 50 YEARS AT JHS 1987 JHS graduate helps out Afghanistan By Qwyntnn Brown Rick Breitenstein was a member of the JHS 1987 graduating class and is now the Director of Operations for the U.S. Agency for International Development, which is an economic development program in southern Afghanistan. “As part of the reconstruction of Afghanistan and the war on terror, we’re tasked with rebuilding a fractured economy in a region that is still in major conflict,” Rick said. During high school, Rick says he wasn’t involved in much, but one particular memory stands out in his mind. “Brad Miller and I dropped a stink bomb in the student hall and smelled up the whole school for a day. We’d probably be arrested for terrorism by the FBI if we did that today. The principal was pretty forgiving and let us off the hook after he busted us 7th hour.” Rick said. Rick says that Joplin High School prepared him for life. “I went on to earn two university degrees and have had successful careers in archeology and international development. My careers have allowed me to travel extensively through Europe, Asia and the Middle East, which is what I always dreamed of doing,” Rick said. After high school he says he matured quite a bit. “I’ve become more confident but other than that, I’m still the same kid wanting to learn more and travel as much as possible. Always have to see what’s around the next corner.” Rick said. Photo courtesy of Rick Breitenstein


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TUNES-TV-BEST PICS 1959-2009 Commemorative Issue May 2009 Page 7 ‘60- Percy Faith Theme From ‘A Summer Place’ ‘61- Marcels Blue Moon ‘62- Shelley Fabares Johnny Angel ‘63- Chiffons He’s So Fine ‘64- Beatles Can’t Buy Me Love ‘65- Freddie and The Dreamers I’m Telling You Now ‘66- Righteous Brothers (You’re My) Soul And ‘67- Frank and Nancy Sinatra- Somethin’ Stupid ‘68- Bobby Goldsboro- Honey 60’s‘69- Fifth Dimension- Aquarius Let The Sunshine In 1959 Fleetwoods- Come Softly To Me JCoMKoPChmianaargdkpnBeiidsMluDieoctdnoleeensbPrKirygooe:nlellelo,dckb,y: Music of the 70’s 80D’s ecades ‘80- Blondie- Call Me ‘81- Hall and Oates- Kiss On My List ‘82- Joan Jett and the BlackheartsI Love Rock ‘n Roll ‘83- Michael Jackson- Billie Jean ‘84- Kenny Loggins- Footloose ‘85- USA for Africa- We Are the ‘70- Beatles- Let It Be ‘71- Three Dog Night- Joy to the World ‘72- Roberta Flack- The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face ‘73- Vicki Lawerence- The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia ‘74- MFSB-TSOP- (The Sound Of Philadelphia) ‘75- Elton John- Philadelphia Freedom ‘76- Johnnie Taylor- Disco Lady ‘77- David Soul- Don’t Give Up On Us ‘78- Bee Gee’s- Night Fever ‘79- Doobie Brothers- What A Fool Believes World ‘86- Prince- Kiss ‘90- Tommy Page- I’ll Be Your Everything ‘91- Wilson Phillips- You’re In Love ‘92- Vanessa Williams- Save the Best for Last ‘93- Snow- Informer ‘94- R. Kelly- Bump N’ Grind ‘95- Montell Jordan- This Is How We Do It ‘87- Aretha Franklin and George Michael- I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) ‘88- Billy Ocean- Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car ‘89- Fine Young Cannibals- She Drives Me Crazy ‘96- Celine Dion- Because You Loved Me ‘97- Puff Daddy feat. Mase- Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down ‘98- K-Ci & JoJo- All My Life ‘99- TLC- No Scrubs 90’s 2000’s ‘00- Santana feat. The Product G& B- Maria Maria ‘01- Janet- All For You ‘02- Ashanti- Foolish ‘03- 50 Cent- In Da Club ‘04- Usher feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris- Yeah! ‘05- 50 Cent feat. OliviaCandy Shop ‘06- Daniel Powter- Bad Day ‘07- Akon- Don’t Matter ‘08- Mariah Carey- Touch My Body ‘09- Black Eyed Peas- Boom Boom Po TOP MOVIES OF 50 YEARS ‘59 Ben Hur ‘64 My Fair Lady ‘69 Midnight Cowboys ‘74 The Godfather Part 2 ‘79 Kramer vs Kramer ‘84 Amadeus ‘89 Driving Miss Daisy ‘94 Forest Gump ‘99 American Beauty ‘04 Million Dollar Baby TELEVISION SHOWS ‘59-’08 1958 – 1959 Gunsmoke CBS 1959 – 1960 Gunsmoke CBS 1960 – 1961 Gunsmoke CBS 1961 – 1962 Wagon Train NBC 1962 – 1963 The Beverly Hillbillies CBS 1963 – 1964 The Beverly Hillbillies CBS 1964 – 1965 Bonanza NBC 1965 – 1966 Bonanza NBC 1966 – 1967 Bonanza NBC 1967 – 1968 The Andy Griffth Show CBS 1968 – 1969 Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In NBC 1969 – 1970 Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In NBC 1970 – 1971 Marcus Welby, M.D. ABC 1971 – 1972 All in the Family CBS 1972 – 1973 All in the Family CBS 1973 – 1974 All in the Family CBS 1974 – 1975 All in the Family CBS 1975 – 1976 All in the Family CBS 1976 – 1977 Happy Days ABC 1977 – 1978 Laverne & Shirley ABC 1978 – 1979 Three’s Company ABC 1979 – 1980 60 Minutes 1980 – 1981 Dallas CBS 1981 – 1982 Dallas CBS 1982 – 1983 60 Minutes 1983 – 1984 Dallas CBS 1984 – 1985 Dynasty ABC 1985 – 1986 The Cosby Show NBC 1986 – 1987 The Cosby Show NBC 1987 – 1988 The Cosby Show NBC 1988 – 1989 The Cosby Show NBC 1989 – 1990 The Cosby Show NBC 1990 – 1991 Cheers NBC 1991 – 1992 60 Minutes CBS 1992 – 1993 60 Minutes CBS 1993 – 1994 Home Improvement ABC 1994 – 1995 Seinfeld NBC 1995 – 1996 ER NBC 1996 – 1997 ER NBC 1997 – 1998 Seinfeld NBC 1998 – 1999 ER NBC 1999 – 2000 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire ABC 2000 – 2001 Survivor CBS 2001 – 2002 Friends NBC 2002 – 2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation CBS 2003 – 2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation CBS 2004 – 2005 American Idol FOX 2005 – 2006 American Idol FOX 2006 – 2007 American Idol FOX 2007 – 2008 American Idol FOX Designed by Ashley Henson, Jimmy Henson, Bobby Gallagher


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1959-2009 Commemorative Issue May 2009 Page 8 50 YEARS AT JHS Debbie 1.Carefully cut out each piece for the paper dolls. (Hair, dresses, model). If it helps, glue the pieces to a cardboard backing. 2.Place the clothes and/or hair on the model. 3.Fold the tabs over the model for the clothes to stay on. 4.Mix and match outfits 5.Have fun! Drawn by Hunter Dowell


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50 YEARS AT JHS 1959-2009 Commemorative Issue May 2009 Page 9 Steve 1.Carefully cut out each piece for the paper dolls. (Hair, clothes, model). If it helps, glue the pieces to a cardboard backing. 2.Place the clothes and/or hair on the model. 3.Fold the tabs over the model for the clothes to stay on. 4.Mix and match outfits 5.Have fun! Drawn by Hunter Dowell


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1959-2009 Commemorative Issue May 2009 Page 10 Fashion Throughout the Ages 60s 70s 80s Popular styles for men were bell-bottoms, and a jacket under a solid shirt. Popular styles for women were wore hot pants, boots, maxidresses. 90s Popular styles for men were turtlenecks, buffalo plaid shirts, form fitted jackets, and shirts with tight fitting collars and buttons from neck to waist. Popular styles for women were tie-dye, go-go boots, hot pants, baby doll dresses, and 3⁄4 length shirts. 50s Popular styles for women were polos, colored jackets, colored corduroys and pants. Popular styles for women were round sleeves and shoulders, big oval-shaped skirts, and heels. Popular styles for men were the “grunge” look- baggy jeans, baseball caps, and t-shirts, corduroys in colors like gray and tan, dockers and cargo pants, rock t-shirts and sneakers. Popular styles for women were tube skirts, black leather mini skirts, synthetic silk tank tops, boots, black leather jackets, and naval piercings. Researched by Sarah Sticklen JoAnna Cole, Brittany Conroy Phaze Roeder, Kaylee Dawson, Megan Detherage Layout by Sarah Phillips, Cheyanna Padilla Popular styles for men were matching vest and pants influenced by punk culture, bright streaked clothes, eyeliner and spiked hair. Popular styles for women were fun, funky patterns with chunky jewely and bracelets, neon colors, gel bracelets, and mini skirts with leggings or leg-warmers. 2000 Popular styles for men are influenced by hiphop such as baggy jeans and chains and baseball caps with a wider bill. Other popular styles are argyle print sweaters, polos, deck shoes. Popular styles for women are skinny or tight jeans, form-fitting clothing, short skirts and shorts. Life in plastic, it’s fantastic In 1959, the Barbie doll hit the shelves of toy stores across America. Though Barbie is only 11 1⁄2 inches tall, she was created unlike any other doll of her time—long limbed, shapely, blonde, and beautiful. Within 10 years, Barbie grossed over 500 million dollars. Barbie has transformed over the years, following the trends in fashion over time, such as boxy dresses in the 60’s, big hair in the 80’s. etc. Barbie’s hair now is long and flowing, with a more golden blonde shade. Barbie also takes on the sunkissed look instead of having a powder-white face.


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SEVENTIES 1959-2009 Commemorative Issue May 2009 Page 11 Remember when ...? 70’sThose Years By Sarah Sticklen During the 1970’s, not only was the name of Joplin High School different, but the environment and appearance of the school were different as well. Back in the 1970’s, there were two high schools in Joplin. One was the current building of Joplin High School, Parkwood, and the other was Memorial, which is now Memorial Middle School. Other changes over the past thirty years have mostly dealt with changes in technology and lifestyle. Steven St. Claire, who went to Parkwood from 1978-1981, says that back in the 70’s the school had no air conditioning or vending machines, and instead of texting being a problem during class, passing notes was. Also, they had to use manual typewriters, whereas today we use Apple computers or laptops in school. Theresa Bracker Roberson, who went to Parkwood from 1974-1978, says that more people rode the bus to school than drove. She only drove to school once or twice a week and rode the bus the other days. Another difference of JHS in the 1970’s is that the school dances were held in Eagle Alley instead of the gym.Today, it would be impossible to fit the number of students that go to the dances in Eagle Alley. However, with the differences in Joplin High School between the 1970’s and the 2000’s, there are also some similarities. Eagle Alley was still the “hangout” between classes, and most everyone went to all the home football and basketball games. All hail the queens ... 1959 Sherry Craig Research and Layout by: Taylor Camden, Sarah Sticklen Jordyn Pierce, Josh Summer, Dayton Whitehead, Cody Hefley 1963 Susan Mcdowell 1967 Jacci Algood 1978 Lisa Marion 2008 Meredith Mitchell 1995 Annie Moore 1998 Shelly Hossfeld 2002 Molli Boyd


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1959-2009 Commemorative Issue May 2009 Poems from the PastPage12 POETRY 1959 I’ll Remember JHS I’ll remember JHS and all the girls I loved the best, The student lounge, the old lunch cart, Mr. Greer and Mr. Hart All the Guys, the Golden rule, And the times that we cut school, My high school life of Love and War, This new school we walked out for, The traffic jams that plagued Our town The traffic cop that I ran down, I’m sure until the day I die, I’ll remember Joplin High. -A Senior The poems on this page were published in the school newspaper Spyglass during the year indicated. Research: Cheyanna Padilla, Sarah Phillips, and JoAnna Cole; Design by Aaron Murray 1924 I Down in the land whre the roads are rough, Where the girls work hard and the boys are tough; Down where the hills are rocky and steep, Where the hogs grow wild and eat the sheep; Where the cows give milk that tastes like corn, And the dogs bark night to morn, That’s the Ozarks. In the Ozarks II Down in the land where the women farm, And the men swap horses behind the barn; Where the river flows so clear and bright, And you can’t catch fish unless the Signs are right, And they never are when you’re there But they will next week when the weather’s fair. III Down in the land of milk and honey Where the tourists flock with rolls of money; Where they stick you for eggs that were laid last year, And give you canned corn, right off the ear. And when you leave you are very sore, But by next year, you’ll go back for more. That’s the Ozarks. --



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