High school days

"Where did you go to high school?" is a popular greeting St. Louisans ask when meeting someone for the first time. Your answer tells a lot about yourself. Among many things it can describe where you live, the neighborhood you live in, your family's income and what parish you attend.

St. Louis high schools

1818 - St. Louis Academy was established and later and became St. Louis University High School in 1924. The biggest private school in Missouri is the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

1853 - The first public high school classes were held at Benton Elementary School. It was the first high school west of the Mississippi River and one of the first coeducational high schools in the United States.

1875 - Sumner High School was the first such institution for Black students west of the Mississippi. First located at 11th and Spruce Streets, then it relocated at 15th and Walnut in 1895 and now to its present location at 4248 Cottage Avenue in 1910.

Lockdown high : when the schoolhouse becomes a jailhouse
Annette Fuentes.
New York : Verso, 2011.
In the dozen years since the shootings at Columbine High School, hysteria has distorted the media "s coverage of school violence and American schools " responses to it. School violence has actually been falling steadily throughout the last decade, and yet schools across the country have never been more preoccupied with security. This climate of fear has created ripe conditions for the imposition of unprecedented restrictions on young people "s rights, dignity, and educational freedoms. In what many call the school-to-prison pipeline, the policing and practices of the juvenile justice system increasingly infiltrate the schoolhouse. These SZero tolerance measures push the most vulnerable and academically needy students out of the classroom and into harm "s way. Investigative reporter Annette Fuentes visits schools across America and finds metal detectors and drug tests for aspirin, police profiling of students with no records, arbitrary expulsions, teachers carrying guns, increased policing, and all-seeing electronic surveillance. She also reveals the many industries and Sexperts who have vested interests in perpetuating the Lockdown High model. Her moving stories will astonish and anger readers,as she makes the case that the public schools of the twenty-first century reflect a society with an unhealthy fixation on crime, security and violence.
Anne Schraff..
[S.I] : Saddleback, 2011.
Set in contemporary urban America, the Urban Underground series is about a group of teens attending Tubman High. The high school years are important to our intellectual and emotional development. Teens are faced with many obstacles, both imagined and real, in life. Finding stories that speak to their struggles can help guide them and build the foundation for the future. The American teen experience at Tubman is typical as students deal with trust, loyalty, friendship, unemployment, urban decay, drugs, dropouts, bullies, alcoholism, abuse, and self esteem to name a few. The highly readable style and mature topics will appeal to struggling teen readers of both sexes and encourage them to finish each novel. Paperback books look and feel like a trade edition and are complete in just under 200 pages, $8.95 EACH.
Quality of Mercy
Anne Schraff..
[S.l.] : Saddleback Pub 2011.

Could the question come from reading a local teen magazine? Prom Magazine, published monthly from 1947-1973, represented all the high schools of the St. Louis area. Not only did it publish photos of proms and dances; it featured events going on in the schools, gave sports reports, fashion trends, interviews with celebrities that were passing through town. Prom reporters, writers represented from each school, would have articles published on what events were going on at their school.

Prom Magazine ceased publication after a 25-year run. Sharon Reus who came across some issues  of Prom Magazine in an antique store, wondered why there wasn’t a magazine for St. Louis teens, featuring their stories and photos, available to teens all over town, founded Louie Magazine. Louie Magazine, no longer being published, was available on line and in print. 

Reading these magazines would keep you up on the latest trends of other schools. Whether you were a Prom reader back in the day or a Louie reader asking, "Where did you go to high school"? it's a great icebreaker to start a conversation with someone you just met and get the scoop of what's going on across town.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff