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A Fairly Uncivil Civics Lesson

By Toby Hightower  I never was quite willing to give up all teaching after I went into administration at VHS. I always had the idea that it might be a good idea to keep school administrators under lock and key if they got to meddling too much with what teachers …

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Former principal returns for visit

Former Vienna High School principal Horance ‘Toby’ Hightower (second from left) visited with VHS administrators Friday morning. Hightower taught and served as principal at VHS for six years. At the age of 93, Hightower was in Vienna during the weekend for the 60-year reunion of the VHS classes of 1953-55. …

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Concerned About How Old I look

By Toby Hightower  Lord willing and the creek don’t rise; I plan to attend a couple of high school reunions down in Southern Illinois where I once taught in the early fifties. I am a little concerned that I no longer hear very well, but my main concern is how …

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I’ve Never Been This Age Before!

By Rosemary O’Keefe A recent “casual” reading involved learning something about our brain. This information came from Dr. Richard Restak, Georgetown University. It got me to thinking! Everyone has heard some variation of the theory that, over the course of our lives, we actually use only a small percentage of …

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Accounting for My Absence

By Toby Hightower  When I was under the impression that I was leading teachers and students in the burning pursuit of learning at Vienna High School back in the nineteen fifties, I once took a week to go to a seminar of principals and superintendents at Southern Illinois University. It …

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A Halloween party to remember

By Horace “Toby” Hightower Former VHS principal In 1951 Vienna had an unfortunate Halloween tradition of throwing eggs on cars, soaping windows, and engaging in other seriously destructive pranks. Pranksters had not too long before persuaded a cow to climb the steps to the upstairs of the grade school and …

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A Fairly Uncivil Civics Lesson

I never was quite willing to give up all teaching after I went into administration at VHS. I always had the idea that it might be a good idea to keep school administrators under lock and key if they got to meddling too much with what teachers were doing. Mr. …

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