|Hyde Park High School|
I really loved the idea that I was going to go to the very same high school that my mother had attended all those years ago. We each remembered silly things that were still the same. The school was one that had an up stairway and a down stairway as you entered the building. That always tickled us as we thought about 'Up the Down Stairway'. Across the street, in my day, there were gym walks in the beautiful Japanese Garden that is, once again, in place there. There were still excellent teachers there. My high school years have always provided wonderful memories. During my senior year I joined the staff of the school yearbook staff. The Aitchpe had always been the name of annual yearbook at Hyde Park High School. It was named in 1906 just as construction began. By the time my mother began her high school years she became a student at the newest building. The one that still stands today, the one we each attended many years apart. The current advisor staff member was an English teacher named Mary L. Leitch. She was a wonderful person and a very good teacher. She was loved by all of that worked with her. This year,1949, was to be her last year of teaching. It was time for retirement.
I suppose that, at home, when I spoke of what we were doing as the yearbook moved along I had never mentioned the teacher advisor. Parents, at that time, were really interested in the names of the academic teachers. Ond day I mentioned Miss Leitch by name. Imagine my surprise, as well as my mother's, when she said she had Miss Leitch as a teacher! It seems she was mom's teacher during one of her early years of teaching at Hyde Park High School. As she reminisced it became clear remembered her kindly and that students, so many later, respected and liked her just as my mother had.
Over the years we often spoke of that coincidence and laughed about it. She is gone now. I still love the memory of that day when we found out we had shared a high school teacher.