f/8 and Be There
Fred Lynch

Cape Transit school bus

Posted Monday, February 21, 2011, at 7:30 AM

A Cape Transit Co. bus delivers junior high students to Central Junior High on Pacific Avenue, probably during the 1950s. A placard with "Junior High" is in the bus window. At the time, the bus company used regular buses in its contract with Cape Girardeau Public Schools.

The building was originally Central High School. It became the junior high when the new high school opened in 1953 on Caruthers Avenue. (G.D. Fronabarger photo)

Excerpt from Sept. 8, 1953 Southeast Missourian:

A new term of school opened today for 4255 youngsters, public and parochial, an increase of 211 over the opening day a year ago, with indications that the figure will grow through the week as late arrivals are registered and begin classes.

The crowded situation which has prevailed in public elementary schools the past several years was greatly eased by the transfer of seventh and eighth grades to Junior High School and the beginning of classes in new Central High School.

The new Junior High School (former Central) showed an enrollment of 403 pupils.

Central High School had 798 enrolled.

Franklin, 546; May Greene, 396; Lorimier, 225; Washington, 431; Cobb (elementary and high school) 120.


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  • Just for the record, the new CHS opened for classes the first time in September, 1954. The old CHS on Pacific Street was first used as a Junior High beginning in the fall of 1953.

    -- Posted by Yankee Station on Tue, Feb 22, 2011, at 3:05 PM
    Fred Lynch
    The new Central High School opened for classes on Sept. 8, 1953.

    See excerpt above from that day's Southeast Missourian.