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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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Central High School Aerials

This view of Central High School from the early 1970s is looking from the southeast corner roughly to the northwest. Caruthers Ave. is running along the right side of the photo. The new gym is under construction and the swimming pool with its bubble hasn’t been started. (Click on any photo to make it larger.)

Central High School aerial 2011

This photo of Central High School (now Central Junior High School) is taken from about the same angle. Caruthers is on the right side of the picture, Independence is at the bottom and Broadway runs left and right at the top. You can see the “new” gym that was just getting started in the first photo, along with the domed swimming pool. Town Plaza Shopping Center is in the bottom left.

Central High School SE to NW

This 2011 view is from the southeast to the northwest. The intersection of Caruthers and Independence is in the lower left-hand corner.

Northeast corner

We’ve circled to the northwest corner of the property in this 2011 shot. Caruthers runs left and right in the foreground of the photo. Kingshighway is at the top.





4 comments to Central High School Aerials

  • Charlie Boyd

    Enjoy the pictures, but top photo has to be sometime after 73. That’s when I graduated and the construction had not started at that time.

  • Ken, the bond issue for funding the construction of the new gym passed on October 15, 1975 and the public was treated to an open house on Sunday, December 4, 1977.

  • David Lawley

    Sounds about right, I was class of 76. I seem to recall the gym being started when I was there.

  • I would have sworn it was earlier than that. There were photos of our property in Dutchtown in the same negative sleeve and I would have sworn you couldn’t see any aftereffects of the 1973 flood in them.

    It’s always possible that negatives from different shoots were filed in the same envelope.

    Sounds like the first aerial was taken in the mid-70s, not the early 70s. Thanks for the info.

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