Jefferson School

Demolition begins of Jefferson School on Logansport’s south side in this file photo from February.

Their timing could not have been more appreciated.

The Logansport High School Class of 1969’s presentation to the Logansport Community School Corporation board was a gift that will be treasured for years to come. And, that’s why the board was overwhelmed with excitement as it perused through the photographs on Monday. Not only does the gift represent a type of time capsule, it honors the many years the school has existed.

After all, the corporation celebrates its sesquicentennial this year.

Because the class wanted to honor the anniversary, several class members came together to find old photographs, or take new ones, of various places around Logansport. Together, the group collected 69 pictures that they hung on a 4-foot-by-8-foot sheet of metal, covered by vinyl.

The photographs, said Dr. Robert Brower, a 1969 graduate of Logansport High School, honor the changes over the years, the improvements, and the advancements the corporation has made for the students.

Creating this gift took a lot of time and effort, he told the board, “and it was done during COVID.”

Members of the class spent days cataloging photos of the old school buildings, the rivers, the parks, and any other location that piqued their interest, he said. “We believe this is a unique gift that likely has no duplicate of its kind anywhere in the high schools across the country.”

Brower said he hopes the school will place the photographs in an area where current students, faculty, and guests will be able to enjoy them.

In addition to this gift, the class has plans to donate $2,500 to be used to support students in need.

Reach Kristi Hileman at kristi.hileman@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5150

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