When construction of a new High School in Elkhart, Indiana
was completed in the Fall of 1972, Elkhart High School split into Central and Memorial High
Schools. The alumni of Central and Memorial classes of 1973
have maintained close ties through the years, including combined class reunions.
We were together the in the same classes through our Junior year and although we
occupied separate buildings when we were Seniors, we maintained the friendships
that were developed when we were one class. This lead to some interesting
situations as each school began the process of creating it's own identity.
High School is a time for forming identities and generating excitement
through athletic competition between schools. Now, former teammates were
on opposing sides and rallies were being held to cheer our respective
teams to victory. A trophy (Mangy Lion) was even created to be
presented each year to the winner in the Central vs. Memorial football game.
Yet we've always kept our school rivalries in proper perspective with our
friendships and common history.
It wasn't unusual to see a Memorial senior show up in a Central English
class or a group of Central and Memorial seniors get together at lunch.
Teachers also shuttled back and forth between the schools.
The line defining the two schools never really formed for our class.