How much history do you know about your high school? If you were asked, would you be able to say why you are a Knight, why you wear green and white every Friday, or when your school won their very first state championship basketball game? Every story has a beginning, and the upcoming Madison Alumni Association can help you figure it out.
Still in its infancy stages, the Alumni Committee was hard at work on finding ways to encourage former Madison Graduates to reach out to current students to help them succeed. To their surprise, Thomas Taylor sent an email to the principal, Mr. Ogunbowale.
Mr. “Tom” Taylor is a man who wore many hats during his career. He served as the Mayor of the City of Franklin, WI, had the honor of being elected as the Chairman of the Milwaukee County Intergovernmental Cooperation Council (ICC), and much more. Before any of that, he was part of Madison’s first graduating class of 1969. His purpose for contacting Mr. O was to seek assistance for reaching out to his former classmates to celebrate their 50th anniversary. He was invited to meet with the Alumni Committee.
Mr. Taylor was given a tour of the school by Mr. Justin McMurtry (Special Education Teacher and Madison Alumni, Class of 2001) and Mr. Christian Guilbert (Technology Coordinator). He immediately noticed all of the changes since the school was opened, but yet, everything was still the same. Every room he stepped into had a story attached to it. The turn of every corner recalled another memory, when at one point he said, “how do you put a price on memories?”
It was an incredible sight when Mr. Taylor arrived to the trophy cases. To see how far his school has come when they had nothing at the time. Can you imagine being part of an Athletics team of only sophomores (because there weren’t any Juniors or Seniors yet) playing against existing, experienced schools? Don’t worry, Mr. Taylor will happily explain it to you.
As a self proclaimed “jock,” Mr. Taylor was invited to the gym. His smile couldn’t have been bigger as he spent much time there as a student. He again repeated, “how do you put a price on memories?” At that moment, Mr. Taylor created the motto for the Madison Alumni Association and became its first official member.
We want all of our current and future students to be MPS Proud, but more importantly, proud to be a Madison Knight! Mr. Taylor set the standard for all of us. Let’s start by having a conversation about your experiences throughout social media using the hashtag:
We also invite everyone to share in this experience by attending our special Alumni Basketball game on Saturday, November 21st. We are honoring our first State Championship Basketball team from the Class of 1981. “Madison High School VS. Washington High School”