My Permanent Record

“It’ll go on your permanent record!”

We found out in the last post that that’s no idle threat, at least in New Mexico.  Last week I received a portion of my permanent record from the Albuquerque Public Schools.  I attended APS from second grade to tenth grade before my family moved to California.

The portion of my record shown below is my transcript from Highland High School.  The grades are actually my ninth grade marks from Van Buren Junior High School.  Van Buren was one of three  “feeder” junior highs in the Highland area. The other ones were the much-hated (by Van Buren students) Wilson and Hayes Junior High Schools. There was a great deal of school pride in the Albuquerque junior high schools (all which, except one at that time were named for US Presidents–Ernie Pyle JHS was  the exception at that time).   Consequently, there was much school pride in the high schools as well.   Highland High School consistently had one of the best athletic programs in the state and every athlete at Van Buren (one of the mediocre athletic programs in the city) dreamed of going to Highland.

In the summer of 1969, I was dreaming about all the cool things that going to Highland and being a “Hornet” meant.   My dad was in Vietnam, but due back in September.   In about July, Dad received his post-Vietnam assignment:  Monterey, California.  Now a lot of people would love to go to Monterey, but I had been in Albuquerque for eight years and I did not want to miss my chance to say I went to Highland High School.  I also didn’t want to leave my friends in Albuquerque.

My parents made plans to move to Monterey before school started there, which would have been a couple of weeks after school started in Albuquerque.  They did not plan to put us in school in Albuquerque for such a short period of time. I begged my parents to please let me go to Highland if only for a week.  They finally relented, and although we already  had moved out of our house, for one week I caught the bus with my friends to Highland every morning.

My APS permanent record  shows that I entered high school on September 2, 1969, and withdrew on September 10, 1969.

At the top of  the record is my permanent APS student number–074754–which followed me from second grade to high school.

The signature that first appears is that of Richard R.  Mock (1910-1983), a friendly North Carolinian, who was the principal of Van Buren Junior High School.  He bore more than a passing resemblance to Lyndon Johnson. In an upcoming post in the “My Teachers” series, I’ll profile Mr. Mock and explore a possible collateral family tie between my family and his.


“My Permanent Record”

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