I have mixed feelings about The Meridian School. My parents sent us there because they were dissatisfied with public school. They worked hard to keep us there, working without pay in exchange for tuition they couldn’t afford.
I attended from 7th to 12th grade and graduated class of 2006 with few more than a dozen others. There are advantages and disadvantages to small class size. Those who were there with me know what I’m talking about. Surreal.
The grounds were almost unbearably old but the experience was rich. At least when I was there we had many extremely good teachers (and the occasional oddball). Our calculus teacher, Lynn Garner, became Chair of the Department of Mathematics at BYU. Our choir was once substitute-taught by Rosalind Hall, the conductor of the world-famous BYU Men’s Chorus. And Mr Bennett, despite the “Meridian Gaze” speech and his Freudian tendencies, is still thought of as one of the best teachers we ever had. That’s just a short list off the top of my head; there were many others.
Many of the friendships forged in those halls are still strong.
The old Saint Francis of Assisi building is being torn down in June 2008. There will be an open house Saturday, May 24 10:00am – 3:00pm. I will definitely be there.