As a senior at University City High School in 1960, Sanford J. Kornberg was part of what would become the most comprehensive study of teenagers ever conducted.
Against the backdrop of the heated space race between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, the test of 440,000 students set out to identify the strengths and interests of the new generation to see if American teens were being guided into a career that would make the best use of their talents.
Editors note: The following story ran on Oct. 18, 1999.
In 1966, CBS put Webster Groves in the spotlight with a one-hour documentary on the St. Louis County community and its high school students. When "Sixteen in Webster Groves" aired, many residents were outraged, saying they were unfairly portrayed as out of touch, spoiled and overbearing. Instead of shining in the spotlight, they got burned.
So it's understandable that some folks were on edge when Time magazine camped out at Webster Groves High School this fall for an article on high school in the post-Columbine era.
SOUTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY • Soccer was long the dominant sport in the Bayless School District, where nearly half of the students come from households speaking languages other than English and more than a third have family roots in Bosnia.
But a shift came this year — it’s the first season of varsity football for the Bayless Bronchos, and the new sport has attracted more players than soccer during their overlapping seasons.
Until 2013, the school’s track was cinder and its field just grass. Nothing had been done to it since its 1955 installation.
ST. LOUIS • On one school day last month, more than 30 Hamilton Elementary students sat cross-legged on the gym floor, laughing at an episode of the ’90s television show “Recess” that was being projected on the wall.
They were watching TV because they had no gym or art teachers that day, said substitute teacher Janet Burns, who was supervising them. Those teachers were absent.
Missouri public school students in kindergarten through 12th grade could take online courses for free, with their school district or charter school picking up the tab, under legislation that passed the Missouri House and Senate this month.
The main intent of the plan, dubbed the Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program, is to expand course access for high school students in small, rural or cash-strapped schools that might lack the money or number of students to justify hiring staff to teach advanced courses, such as chemistry, Chinese or creative writing.