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November 27, 2021


Shortridge High School, Indianapolis, est. 1864. Indiana’s first free public high school. Kurt Vonnegut, Class of ‘40, wrote:

“... my dream of an America with great public schools. I thought we should be the envy of the world with our public schools. And I went to such a public school. So I knew that such a school was possible. Shortridge High School in Indianapolis produced not only me, but [writer Madelyn Pugh, Sen. Dick Luger, Dan Wakefield, Rep. Dan Burton, historian Mary Ritter Beard, Rep. Andy Jacobs, Booth Tarkington, Vikings/Rams standout Marcellus Greene, and scores more]. And, my God, we had a daily paper, we had a debating team, had a fencing team. We had a chorus, a jazz band, a serious orchestra. And all this with a Great Depression going on. And I wanted everybody to have such a school."


Posted by JD Hull at November 27, 2021 04:54 PM


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