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Cape Central High Photos

Ken Steinhoff, Cape Girardeau Central High School Class of 1965, was a photographer for The Tiger and The Girardot, and was on the staff of The Capaha Arrow and The Sagamore at Southeast Missouri State University. He worked as a photographer / reporter (among other things) at The Jackson Pioneer and The Southeast Missourian.

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Jackson High School

I was over at the Jackson Cemetery looking for grave markers for Find A Grave, a website that runs requests for photos of stones for people doing genealogical work and the like. When I got to the west end, I noticed that Jackson High School was a lot bigger than it was when I worked at The Jackson Pioneer.

Science / Mathematics Building

I was encouraged to see a building devoted to science and mathematics. A newly-built high school in town that shall be nameless seems to have plenty of facilities for athletics, including a new football field, but the emphasis didn’t appear to be on academics.

Old building looks well-maintained

I know I must have been in the building lots of times when working for The Pioneer, but I can’t picture what the inside looks like.

Jackson’s stadium a federal stimulus program

Jackson High School’s football stadium was one of the WPA’s projects designed to put people back to work during the Depression. It was built in 1938. It’s amazing how many Cape County buildings were built under those stimulus projects. They might have been make-work jobs, but they’ve provided a lot of value to the community over the last three-quarters of a century. Jackson’s swimming pool, also built in 1938, was another WPA program.

Acres of parking lots

Here’s a view of the school from the west showing acres of parking. Contrast that with the aerial photos of the school I took in the 1960s.

Jackson High School Photo Gallery

Click on any photo to make it larger, then click on the left or right side to move through the gallery.

7 comments to Jackson High School

  • Mike H.

    I remember every square inch of that building. I was there from 7th grade through senior year. Back then the junior high students were thrown in with the senior high. I learned a lot from upper classmen.

  • Stephanie Daniel Bunton

    Still one of the best stadiums in the state to go for a football game – even as the visiting team, it is quite an experience. I’m pretty sure they use to have a track around the field which they no longer do. Anyone have the correct info on that?

  • Keith Webber

    Thanks for the great photos–I spent much of my youth at the gym (coach’s offices), stadium & original HS building. I agree with Stephanie…great environment on Friday evenings. Yes, there was a black cinder track around the field and the stadium served as the site for Jackson Track meets up until the current track was installed behind the Jr. High School (probably around 1980).

  • Dr. Rod O'Connor

    I loved that old school (1948-52)and was Class President in my senior year. I competed for grades with a cute little brunette from Gordonville, Shirley Sander, and beat her out for valedictorian by a few tenths of a grade point. She decided not to compete further and we were married in 1955. Now we are retired in College Station, Texas, with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren — all of whom have heard countless stories about the good old days in Jackson High School!

  • Steve Ford

    You know they are getting ready to tear down the old, original high school building. Crying shame.

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