A Christmas Gift... (Dec. 1965)
When on November 23, the voters of Rapid City passed the school bond issue by an overwhelming majority, they were giving Rapid City students a Christmas present that will be around for a number of years.
The new high school was approved by an 86.43% yes vote and modernization of the present school was approved by an even greater 88.04%. Both issues required a 60% yes vote to pass.
Votes numbered 8,997 were cast on the issue of a new school, and 8,824 votes were cast on the renovation of the present facility. In comparison 9,467 voters went to the polls the week before to vote in the city mayor run-off.
Students were able to assist in the passage of the school bond issue by talking to their parents and friends, by placing "Invest In Learning" stickers on their cars and by distributing handbills. Monday night before the voting, students blanketed the town with handbills urging the citizens to "Vote Yes."
(I remember my father driving the car, while a friend and myself handed flyers door to door. The reason I remember it so well is because I heard this dog barking and it sounded like it was coming after me. I was afraid the dog was going to bite me, but when I got to the car, my father was laughing! I turned around and it was a tiny Chihuahua that knew he was only allowed to go to the edge of the yard!)