Information On Old Brainerd Junior High In 1960s Sought

Friday, January 17, 2020 - by John Shearer
Former student Diana LaDow has pleasant memories of attending the former Brainerd Junior High more than 50 years ago and is trying to find old class rosters from the 1965-66 year. 

“I just would love to get in touch with some old friends,” she said. Anyone with information can email her at tbfdi@yahoo.com.

Ms.
LaDow said she has a number of memories from her brief time there when her family lived on nearby Marlboro Avenue. 

“I remember playing basketball in that separate gym,” she said. “I also won poppy queen the year I was there.”

She also recalled sitting at a desk in the entrance area across from the principal’s office.

The still-standing old Brainerd Junior High opened on Tuxedo Avenue in 1930 and was added on to over the years. It later became Brainerd Middle School and in 1994 became the 21st Century Academy before closing as a local school in 2009. 

Efforts in recent years have been made to redevelop the structure.

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