School memories

“It was during World War II when I worked in the mill and went to Lordstown High School. I remember I bought a 1936 Ford, and I used to like to race with cars back then. Working in the mill while in high school kept me busy. I went to the service at the end of World War II in 1945, and I was still in high school at Lordstown when I went into the service. I felt like I was going to get drafted anyway, so I joined the Navy.”

– Jim Manross, Lordstown

“I went to Warren G. Harding High School in the late 1950s and one of my friends had her own car, which was a Ford Thunderbird with one of those tops you had to lift. We would all leave at lunch time, and lunch was 25 cents. There were three of us, and between three and four people, we would get 75 cents worth of gas for the car. We would drive off with the top down, and we drove in good weather.”

– Pat Flavell, Mercer, Pa.

“I went to Warren G. Harding High School in the late 1950s and one of my friends had her own car, which was a Ford Thunderbird with one of those tops you had to lift. We would all leave at lunch time, and lunch was 25 cents. There were three of us, and between three and four people, we would get 75 cents worth of gas for the car. We would drive off with the top down, and we drove in good weather.”

– Pat Flavell, Mercer, Pa.

”I remember in grade school I had some good teachers who I liked. The one teacher who I liked was Mrs. Bunting; I really liked her. She was older and she was strict, but she was a nice lady. She had a way about her that I liked. I remember on the school bus, I got into trouble for jumping on the seats, and it was funny for us, but not for the bus driver.”

– Linda Dowling, Niles

“I graduated from Cortland High School, which is now Lakeview High School, in 1944.

My best school memory was when I got in the National Honor Society during my junior year. That got my future sister-in-law mad.”

– Evelyn Stillwagon, Niles

“I went to East High School in Youngstown, and I had fun. I had one best friend, and we were tight, and we did everything together. We went to teenage dances, and we went to the teen clubs. Some clubs during that time had certain nights for teens. My friend and I would have a great time and we danced and met boys. I graduated from East High School in 1960.”

– Margaret Little, Liberty

“I went to East High School in Akron, and there were no buses, which meant you had to walk to school. Walking to school wasn’t too bad until the winter. My most memorable winter walking to school was when I was sick the day before, and it was 22 below zero the next day. The snow was up to our knees, and instead of following the driveway around to the school, I cut through the lawn to get to the door of the school. The principal was waiting for me at the door and he gave me a detention for walking in the grass in 22 below zero temperature.”

– Bonnie Woods, Newton Falls

“I went to Warren G. Harding High School, and Milton Mollenkopf was the principal. During that time yo-yos were the big craze. We used to have a guy who would come to Warren G. Harding High School, and he would teach us yo-yoing. I was good at yo-yoing, and we had contests and I would win these contests. In 1950, I bought a Duncan yo-yo, and I paid $19 for that yo-yo. I remember walking through the hall during a class break, and we were changing classes. I was in the hall throwing that yo-yo and catching, doing these yo-yo tricks. The string broke on this yo-yo and accidentally hit Principal Mollenkopf on the back of the head. He was 15 to 20 feet ahead of me and he turned around and looked at the yo-yo and picked it up and asked whose yo-yo it was. I knew if I would have picked up the yo-yo, I would have went to the office. I walked away from that yo-yo and never picked it up again. That was the last I saw of that $19 yo-yo.”

– Norm Flavell, Mercer, Pa.

“I went to St. Mary’s High School in Warren, and we just had our 60th class reunion. My fondest memory of high school is all the great friends I had and having a good time.”

– Elaine Rivera, Niles

“I went to high school in Monongah, W.Va., at Monongah High School. I played baseball and some basketball, and I was on the team when they won the state championship in the mid-1950s, which was a great time to grow up.”

– Gary Fisher, Youngstown