Dear Webmaister, 1952-53-class of 15-16 year olds
attending John Street Senior Secondary School. Locations and individuals
mentioned are as follows,
2nd. Row No.1 Miss Patterson French Specialist and Head of language
2nd. Row No.10 Mr. Gibson Head of Science Dept.
2nd. Row No.6 Pupil Adam Love
Wonderful staff who brought me through my teenage "angst"
and provided an example which has inspired me ever since.I am forever
grateful to them and and to the working class folk of Bridgeton. They
went before holding up a torch for me in the darkness.
All the young lads in this school photograph were hoping
to progress to some sort of career or at least an trade apprenticeship.
The alternative to academic success was of course to be "called up" in
each and every case for military service. At this time National Service
was mandatory. This weighted heavily on many young men and distorted the
lives of many.