Tag Archives: Andrew Jackson High School

Jacksonville University Vision: to provide the means and the mentors where we could fulfill our dreams

From the Main Gate at NAS Jacksonville to Moussorgsky’s “Gates of Kiev” Just before I graduated from Andrew Jackson High School in 1957, I had been offered an appointment to Annapolis by Congressman Charles E. Bennett, but a physical was required. When the Navy Corpsman told me that Annapolis required at least 20/100 correctable to … Continue reading Jacksonville University Vision: to provide the means and the mentors where we could fulfill our dreams

It’s Still a Grand Old Flag

-North Jacksonville 48-star School Classroom Flag Honored- Remarks by Dr. Tracy D. Connors, CAPT USN (Ret) during opening ceremonies for 60th Reunion of the Andrew Jackson High School Class of 1956 on May 21, 2016. Tonight we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the class of 1956 finally escaping from Andrew Jackson Senior High school. Before … Continue reading It’s Still a Grand Old Flag

Big Jim, the steam-throated metronome for daily life in Jacksonville, Florida

If you grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, particularly on the north side, you knew that it was not your pocket watch, or your wristwatch, or even the old grandfather clock in the corner that was in charge of your life, it was a 32-inch copper steam whistle that had been installed at the municipal “waterworks” … Continue reading Big Jim, the steam-throated metronome for daily life in Jacksonville, Florida

The Old Springfield Branch Library “Temple of Knowledge at Tenth & Silver”

I’ll never forget the old Springfield Library–the Temple of Knowledge at Tenth & Silver Streets –or Mrs. Porter, the librarian, its “Priestess.” The Springfield Library of the Forties was a far cry from today’s suburban libraries with their “shopping center modern” décor, computerized checkout system, and librarians seemingly more knowledgeable about the catalog system than … Continue reading The Old Springfield Branch Library “Temple of Knowledge at Tenth & Silver”