Shelbyville Central High School, within a few years after it was completed in 1939. (Submitted by Don Hoover)
Here's a photo of the old Central High School on Elm Street, probably made shortly after it opened in 1939. Thanks to Don Hoover for the contribution.
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I'm guessing this photo was made no later than the late 1940s, based on the age of the cars. I can recognize cars from late 1940s models on, but those older ones look so much alike. Seems odd to see cars parked along the four-lane Elm Street most of us are familiar with.
Looks like a warm, sunny day based on sun reflections and open windows.
Also: What's going on with the light atop the car in the middle? I thought it might be something in the school yard but on closer look I'm convinced that's a flashing light. Interesting.
Generations of students relate to this building, and here's how long some of the items inside were used: When I was there in the mid-1970s one of the desks had "Dinah Shore sat here" carved into it. That had to have been carved in, probably, the 1940s. I'd like to find an old photo with the top of a desk showing and blow up that portion just to see who and what's there.
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