Sunday, July 22, 2007

Preliminary MUHS Reunion Report

There is far too much information to process and far too many photographs to sort through, but I thought I would post a few pictures today -- within 24 hours of the event -- to mark Marquette University High School's 150th anniversary celebration yesterday.

The Ellen Storey Johnston Memorial a.k.a. the Marquette University High School building on Wisconsin Avenue in Milwaukee, which opened in 1925.

In recent years, the main entrance of MUHS has shifted from Wisconsin Avenue to Michigan Street.

Memories: the painted signatures of the Follies '77 writing committee in the passageway below the auditorium stage. (You should be able to make out the names of Pat Sullivan, Dan Koch, John Novotny, Mike Coffey, Rick Sincere, Jim Chudy, Pat Pendergast, and Greg Otterson.)

Here is a somewhat psychedelic rendering of the Follies '77 poster, originally designed by our classmate Dan McQuillen. (The name of the show was "Blazing Seniors?".) The understage area has graffiti dating back to the early 1960s and subsequent generations of students have respected it by not painting over the older names and artwork.

This is the auditorium itself, which is in much the same as it was 30 years ago, except the orchestra seats now have padding. (The original, wooden chairs are still up in the balcony.)

Surplus debate trophies were once stored in the Webster Club room, which no longer exists. (It was expropriated by the Art Department some years ago.) Now they are kept in an English classroom upstairs.

Evidence of the MUHS 150th anniversary is everywhere.

Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy Dolan (left, at ambo) offers some congratulatory remarks near the close of the 150th anniversary Mass at the Al McGuire Center on the campus of Marquette University.

Members of the MUHS Class of 1977 reunite for a photograph beneath a tent at Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin.

There is much more to come. For a real nostalgia trip, check out the videos posted at May 22, 1977.

Also, WTMJ-TV has an interview on its web site with John Cary (Class of 1969) who co-chaired the 150th anniversary celebrations with his wife, Mary. That interview includes some historic photographs of Marquette High through the years.

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