When Thompson Elementary was built next to Lewis Cass, an expansion was also carried out at Galveston Elementary and the old Walton school and the elementary school in Deacon were closed.
In the early 1980s, the Lewis Cass Marching Kings began an unbroken streak of appearances at the state finals for the Indiana State School Music Association’s marching band competition. The school made its 32nd appearance at the state finals in 2013.
The schools entered the digital age in 1991 when computer labs were added, according to an article on the corporation’s 30th anniversary in 1993. Galveston Elementary got another set of renovations just afterward, in the mid-1990s, Roller said.
The school’s boys’ basketball team won its first state championship in school history in 2003, the year they also became the state’s seventh undefeated state champion in the 92-year history of the Indiana High School Athletic Association’s tournaments, according to IHSAA online archives.
“It’s absolutely amazing what has been accomplished in 50 years,” Roller said. “Yes, it was terrifying to give up your small schools in your little tiny town, but wow, the progress that has been made.”
“I’m just so grateful to have had a career in education and I can’t think of a better place to have had it than Southeastern School Corporation,” she added.
If you go: WHO: Current and former students, teachers, staff, school board members and friends of Southeastern Schools WHAT: Southeastern Schools 50th Anniversary Celebration WHEN: 2 p.m. April 27 WHERE: Lewis Cass High School gymnasium INFO: Refreshments will be served in the cafeteria following the one-hour ceremony. Tours will also take place at Lewis Cass, Thompson and Galveston schools, and class photos may be taken with personal cameras in the hallway at Lewis Cass.