This week, we have a tale of three high schools for you, but it’s a trip down memory lane when 50 years ago one of the nation’s most prominent news magazine’s was naming them the best place to be educated in America.
First, let’s get you back to 1957. Elvis was on WHB. The A’s had just finished their second season in Kansas City. Newsweek was worried about Sputnik and Time was obsessed over Prince Phillip. And when people got a little deeper into those October 21st issues they saw this; the first ever list of the best high schools in America.
There were only 38 of them. And three of them from this area made the cut.
KCPT’s Special Correspondent Sam Zeff takes us back to that pivotal year when Time was placing Southwest High, Topeka High and Shawnee Mission High (only one of them back then) in the top 38 schools in the country.
How did schools make the list? A school board president in Illinois was overseeing the building of a new high school and he wanted to know what makes a great one, so he made a list of high schools with the most National Merit Scholar finalists.