Friday, September 12, 2008

Flint Postcards: Walker School

12 comments:

  1. anyone know what street walker school is/was located? it looks familiar to me...

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  2. This is the o.g. version of Walker. Methinks it was on the corner of Kearsley and Hunt Lane. Hunt Lane? Yeah, Hunt Lane, Ash St., and portions of Manning, Mathews, Forest, and Crapo Pl. were vacated when the Cult. Center was built. The controversial cottages on Mannning St. are all that is left of the neighborhood. Old Walker was demolished and so was much of it's attendance area. The Sloan Museum sits where Walker once stood.

    The "new" smaller Walker was built in the late 50s early 60s on the corner of Kearsley and Avon, next to the Ad. Building.

    When I-475 was excavated even more of Walker's attendance area was lost- Mill St, Albro Pl, Newton Pl, Vine St. Clark and Oak Elementary had the same issues. Walker survived however. Neighborhood kids were moved to Pierce, while Walker recreated itself once again as a haven for nerds. Magnet school. Citywide enrollment. Access to the Cult. Center. ATP program. The school mascot was the "walker". No jokes. You had the Pierce Arrows, Eisenhower Eagles and yup, Walker Walkers. Where is Ogre when you need him?

    Walker's status as a magnet school lasted from about 1975-1989 or so I think. The "gifted" program was moved to Garfield and Doyle-Ryder, and the building sold and used for offices. You'll probably be surprised to hear that its mostly vacant now.
    Oh yeah, more homes were later demolished on Crapo St. and Orchard Pl.

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  3. I list myself as a Walker Walker alum. I'd like to think that if the school was around today, the mascot would be changed to Chuck Norris, and be known as the Walker Texas Rangers. Nerds my butt.

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  4. My daughter is also one of those nerds, Jim.

    The "new" Walker was sold to a local architectural firm, Tomblinson, Harburn Associates in 1990 and converted to an office condominium. THA had the first floor, and some U of M Flint admin offices were located downstairs. Vacant now? Hardly. THA is still there along with some other entities.

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  5. Jim, don't deny your young nerd status - I was there. Oh yeah, nerd-o-rama. Class trip was an archeological dig? Gym class generally involved nothing more than a game of king of the hill out in the parking lot? Personally, I got no problem with my nerd origins. Triple nerd score!

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  6. Nerds? I beg your pardon.

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  7. Most assuredly nerds. Label yourself "gifted" if you must but thats just puttin' listick on a pig.

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  8. Old Walker School was bounded by Second, Stevens, Third, and Liberty (now Chavez southbound) Streets. The YMCA currently occupies the same property.

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  9. Okay, if anonymous is correct on the location, that makes sense. I've seen it in home movies.

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  10. I believe I went to Walker for some "special education". I went to S.S. Stewart Elementary but remember many trips to another school to learn about art and current events. Perhaps I was gifted. My parents are deceased so they can't tell me. This article has given a new prespective on my cognitive skills.

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  11. "Hello Nellie this is where I am located. Can't"

    OK, great script, I'm hooked. When do we get Episode 2?

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  12. I was an Eisenhower Eagle from school years ending 71 thru 76 and was selected for the Academically Talented Program (ATP) from 74 to 76. It was a refreshing change being in an environment free from many of the "distractions" at Eisenhower. We took some cool field trips and got to simulate a business making a product, selling shares of stock and reinvesting profits. Later went to UM Flint then graduated from GMI - true, blue Flintoid. Was reminded of this unique experience as I was telling my daughters of my years in special ed riding the short bus :-). Now they go to Powers and are in walking distance from the street where I grew up (house is gone), Eisenhower and GMI - who'da thunkit.

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