The 1960s

The Sensational Sixties...

Tekoppel School began this decade with a huge addition to its little, eight-room schoolhouse and an award for our principal, Mr. Bob Morgan. Mr. Morgan was selected as "Evansville's Young Man of 1960."
The "new" building opened for the 1961-1962 school year. A recreation program was begun and held in the new gymnasium for the 7th and 8th grade students on Tuesdays. A popcorn machine was purchased, and the PTA presented the school with checks for new books for the library, a new slide for the playground, landscaping, and one large dictionary.
During the 1962-1963 school year, TB skin tests were administered to all the 8th grade students. Recreation for adults began as a slim gym class. A manual typewriter for teacher use, a thermo-fax machine, trees, a rostrum, supplies for the PTA nursery, bookends, and swings for the playground were purchased.
During the years of 1964-1965, the PTA participated in the city bicycle license sale, and they purchased a water cooler and three filing cabinets for the school. Once again, Tekoppel families jumped in to help collect books for children in the Appalachia area. Tekoppel families collected 132 books along with 3 sets of encyclopedias. Mr. Bob Morgan resigned as principal in 1965 to become the leader of the Community Action Program of Evansville, also known as CAPE.
In 1965, afternoon PTA meetings were changed to the evenings so more parents could attend. During that year, the PTA provided Tekoppel School with two water coolers, two foam rubber pillows, a stopwatch, and a backdrop for the stage. A dinner and recreation party was held for the 8th grade students at the close of school. A luncheon was held for the teachers in the cafeteria on June 9th.
Between the years of 1966-1969, Tekoppel added an instrumental and vocal music night. A science fair was held, too. The PTA presented the school with music records, two lenses for the science room microscope, an electric typewriter, and a filing cabinet for the guidance room. In 1969, an Open House was held. Once again, out Tekoppel families helped their own as many of the Tekoppel mothers made new dresses for some of our children who were in need of clothing. This is just one example of the many ways the Tekoppel community would rally together in order to help each other.