||Not too many great memories of high school. Wasn't the best time in the world as I didn't know what I wanted out of life and was focused on having fun about all and that got me into some trouble towards the end.
The only time I was ever in the school library was for Saturday detention I got for skipping Spanish to get some Beowolf props done on time in Mrs. Hauxwell's English Lit class. Mr. Everts didn't care why I skipped only that I did. I guess that made up for coming to the first day of my senior year intoxicated and not getting caught. Oh the stupid things I did and regret now.
My favorite memory is just having senior economics with Randall Datus, maybe one of the best teachers MHS has ever had in its hands. He taught me everything I would later need to be a successful person, a free-thinking individual, a business owner, a person who would later achieve better grades in college, and someone who realizes the need for personal responsibilty.
He did this through his weird teaching methods and how he challenged us to think. He never once indoctrinated us with ANY politically motivated lesson. I developed political thinking on my own later in life due to the lessons he taught and my personal life experiences, not the ones I grew up with.
He gave my everything I needed that did not come from a text book I would need to get through a college, life, and become a business owner. He is still affecting me today in what I am teaching my boys about personal responsibilty and the importance of being involved in government.
I was not even qualified to get into this class, but because of the recommendation of older freinds that had taken it, I put in on my class schedule during sign-ups. He personally wrote on my sheet, "will require great endeavour." I knew it would not be easy at that point, but I wanted in regardless. My classmates were all better students than I was, but I kept up just fine.
I always thought Mr. Datus was a conservative Republican because at the time, only republicans seemed to know anything about fiscal responsibility and the economy. Yet, he gave us all Newsweek magazines every week to read and that's what really got me into politics. I even got my own subsription right out of HS and kept it until about 1999 when I realized it may be the most rediculously liberal piece of crap magazine in the world. No journalistic integrity at all. Nothing but a mouthpeice for the liberal progressive movement, and I canceled my subscription. So who knows his political leanings. The fact is this: he taught us to read, analyze, and think for ourselves, not to let someone else speak on our behalf. That allowed us to take everything else we learned at MHS and apply that to the real world, helping us transition into it better and more successfully. That's what made him the greatest teacher ever.
I learned a lot from other great teachers such as Mrs. Gordon, Mrs. Jones, Mr. Gumb, Mr. Briggs, Jim Steinke, and Terry Zuelow. Everything else is just a blur.