This is the ‘school’ part of my first October 12 blog. Like I said there, this may not be that interesting to you if didn’t go to school in Minden… (and maybe not even if you did!!?!). So feel free to skip this one…
There were a lot of cars, both local and from other counties, around the school today. From what I could make out, there may have been both a wrestling and a volleyball tournament going on.
I walked once around the track for old times sake. It occurred to me that, although I’ve driven past it many times, it has been 41 years since I last was on the track. Rather a sobering thought.
There was a little ’71′ sign sticking up by where I went down to the track. Maybe that’s referring to the football team of my senior year, which won the Southwest Conference that year. Quite a feat, considering we were one of the smallest schools in the conference. For those of you too young to remember, the Southwest Conference was Minden, Holdrege, Lexington, Cozad, Gothenburg, Broken Bow, and Ogallala.
The field is now called Kuper Field. Loren Kuper was the principal of the elementary school while I was there. He was famous for the ‘Kuper Krunch’, where he would squeeze a student by the back of the neck. I never experienced one myself. The closest I came was at lunch once. It was apparently getting a little too noisy, and the lunchroom teacher (monitor) announced that the next person that talked would get sent to the principal’s office.
Well, I leaned over to a friend next to me and whispered “I bet somebody talks”. Before I knew it, I was on my way to Mr. Kuper’s office with my lunch tray. Maybe it was a busy day for him, but he barely acknowledged me, and I finished my lunch in peace. And never did get to find out what the Kuper Krunch felt like.
Also out on the track was a bell which appeared to be donated by the class of 1973, which I presume is rung whenever the Whippets score a touchdown. This would be the class a year after mine, the class of 1972. A nice idea for a class gift, that hopefully has gotten lots of use.
In 1980, the band Devo (whom I really like) came out with a song called ‘Whip It’, which I believe became an unofficial Minden school song. At least that’s what my youngest brother led me to believe. When MTV came along soon thereafter, the (slightly risque) video for this song was also seen quite often.
Whip It by Devo youtube video
Whip It by Devo wiki
MINDEN ROTARY CLUB PARK NEAR SCHOOLS (perhaps even part of the school?)
I don’t know when this was put in, but it’s a nice addition to the school area. Did the Rotary Club do it, or the school, or both together? All I remember from when I was going to school is that this area was maybe old houses or undergrowth.
AND NOW THE REST OF THE MINDEN SCHOOLS PICTURES…
Henry Moore wiki
Henry Moore images
THAT’S ALL…. hope you Minden alumni that no longer live in the area enjoyed seeing the school as it is now.