It’s time for another “Throwback Thursday”, a weekly column that takes a look back in time at some of the well-known people and places of Ottumwa. The goal of this pictorial column is to allow readers to take a walk down memory lane. Photos used will show people, places, and events from Ottumwa’s past. Readers are also invited to get involved. Please feel free to share any relevant pictures with us and you just might see it published online. Contact us through any of our social media outlets or email, just make sure to tag the pictures with #throwbackthursday or #tbt.
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For many of us, 1997 doesn’t seem like that long ago. But in reality, it’s actually been a long 20 years ago. In 1997, the renovation of Ottumwa High School was in full swing. For those students attending the school at the time, the stories of dust-covered everything, never knowing where your classes would be held, and constant fire alarms average in the dozens. But for those lucky folks who didn’t have the privilege of being a renovation survivor, let’s take a look back at a few reminders.
Ottumwa High School, as she stood in 1997.
A look inside a classroom as the walls begin to be torn down.
A gutted classroom in the middle of renovation.
The “new” cafeteria while still under construction. This area joined together what used to be two separate areas of the school, the original main building and the Vo-Tech building.
Students rush between the main building and vo-tech as construction continues on the new area that would join the buildings. A simple path for students no longer existed between the two buildings. This sometimes meant putting on winter coats and hurrying through slick parking lots and inclement weather to get to class on time.