The debate over a new high school in southeast Wichita is understandably emotional for some folks who attended Southeast High. They don’t want to see their alma mater abandoned. For some, it was the scene of their happiest times and they have many warm memories.
But other former Buffaloes may be comfortable with seeing the place bulldozed. Not all of us carry fond memories of those golden school days of the past.
If a new school is built further east, the present Southeast facility could house other functions and programs … losing the traditional aspect of the school. If that happens, could a portion of the building be preserved for a kind of museum? Trophies, photos, and records of the school’s past could be on display for former students and faculty to examine and reminisce.
I have a feeling the school district is going to build a new high school, and I regret that some folks are going to be quite upset about it. I think we ought to be sensitive to their feelings.
Our thought for today is from Robertson Davies:
“The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact, a return to the idealized past.”