East Side Junior High was built in 1973, replacing Central, which was torn down. And eventually Highland and Madison Heights junior high facilities were absorbed by their high schools and the students redistricted to the three remaining junior highs. Then the middle school concept was instituted, bringing sixth-graders up and sending freshmen to the high schools.
As the population and consequently school enrollments began to shrink, more middle school closings were in store. South Side was the first to go. Then with the closing of Highland High School, it became the lone junior high, grades 7-9. North Side and East Side became intermediate schools before further closure emptied both buildings.
Highland now consists of grades 6 through 8, with freshmen again in high school. And then there was one.
Jim Bailey’s reflections on Anderson’s past appear on Sunday. His regular column appears on Thursday. He can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.