PE, JROTC Reinforces Self Reliance, Physical Fitness
A desire to build sound minds and bodies were characteristic goals of the Physical Education and the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps departments.
One of the goals of physical education was to provide each student with an opportunity to learn about physical fitness and the various sports. Ideally, each student would benefit from these activities by continuing them after high school.
Units such as football, basketball, softball, bowling, volleyball, wrestling, track, tennis, golf, swimming, and soccer were introduced in the Boys' classes. A modified format for girls featured health classes, gymnastics, or its place, international or folk dancing.
For those students interested in pursuing athletics beyond their regular classes, the intramural sports program served as an outlet. Interested persons formed teams and competed in weekly organized games.
The JROTC curriculum was developed to instill good citizenship, self reliance, leadership, basic military skills, military history and responsiveness to constituted authority.
The program was divided into three levels; first year introduction to leadership development, second year intermediate leadership development, and third year applied leadership development. Of the 170 cadets, 78 were females, a testimony to the growing popularity of the ROTC program among women as well as men.
Many of the JROTC cadets spent their leisure time by participating in extra curricular activities as members of the honor guard, colorguard, rifle team, or drill team.
McKinley High School Class of 1977
40th Reunion Summer 2017