Throwback Thursday May 3, 2018

Welcome once again to “Throwback Thursday”, a 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 social media or email, just make sure to tag the pictures with #throwbackthursday.

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May has arrived!  And with the May flowers come also, plans for graduation for our local seniors.  It is time to say farewell to the beloved school that they’ve spent so much of the past four years inside.  They know it so well, but now it’s time to go.  And so, here is a look back at the building for those of us who graduated a bit longer ago than we care to admit.


The old high school building in 1922.


A drawing of the new high school that was being built.  It opened it’s doors in 1923.


Ottumwa High School, 1926


Ottumwa High School, 1928


Ottumwa High School, 1969


Ottumwa High School, 1997


Ottumwa High School, 2000