School Starts at MHS
When the 1962-1963 school year began at Marion High School, two campuses came into use. Both schools collectively were called "Marion High School," and the old and new campuses individually were called the "North Campus" and the "South Campus," respectively. The total student registration for the year was 2,130, with 900 attending the new South Campus. For this first year with a new campus, food would be prepared at the North Campus for both schools. The food needed at the South Campus would then be carried there in trucks. As it only housed around half of the Marion High School Students, the South Campus was definitely still unfinished ("Pictures Scheduled Thursday for Cactus" 9).
One interesting new feature at the South Campus was a system of televisions. The campus included 36 televisions, each of which could receive six stations, including a closed-circuit channel for Marion High School. The total cost for the system was $36,000 ("Pictures Scheduled Thursday for Cactus" 9). When the system was installed, Marion High School became one of the first public secondary schools in the Midwest to install a closed-circuit television system. The South Campus of Marion High School became one of the pioneers of this new technology (Spilly and Radick, 97).