Morris Busby: A MindenHigh traditionMorris Busby
has been principalof Minden High for nine years and will be honored as a 30-year graduate tonight.Below, Busby's senior picture in 1975.
In 1975, Morris Busby
was one of 248 graduates of Minden High School
.Thirty yearslater, he's
still walking the halls of his
alma mater, only now it's as principal- a position he
never expected to have when he
teaching career in WebsterParish.
"I never dreamed I would be sitting in the office where (then-principal) Cleve Strongsat," Busby
said."Nor did any of my teachers believe that."Busby
entire high school career at Minden High
, mostly as, well, a"geek."
"I was not really involved.I was a member of National Honor Society and the Spanishand Library Clubs," he said.
"I was a geek.My girls say I was a member of the nerdherd."
Back then, four, not two, credits of physical education were required.
"You had to have more credits of P.E. than math," Busby
"We had a large class, but we didn't really know each other," Busby
said."We didn'tgrow up together.It was like having two schools on one campus."
The first few months there was some tension.
"It took about half the year to realize we all had one goal, and that was gettingthrough senior year," Busby
senior year was not a sociable one.He
didn't go to the homecoming dance andonly skipped school once all four years of high school.And that one time, he
"I rode the bus to school, and my dad went out of town, so I was allowed to drivethe green station wagon to school," Busby
said."I thought I was something."Busby
and classmate Kenneth Bowman took the station wagon to Bowman's house duringlunch.
As they were leaving, Busby
backed into a pole.When his
dad returned andnoticed the dent, Busby
denied knowing anything.
"So I didn't get in trouble as far as school for skipping," Busby
Away from school, Busby
was active in his
church group, performing with the group'schoir, "God's Singing Children."
"That was my social outlet," he
did have a girlfriend that he
met through a church event.
lived in Winfield - didn't see her
very much," he
also remembered a prank the seniors played on his
class as freshmen.The freshmanwere instructed to stand in a line and look up at the sky, and while they were cloudwatching, the seniors tied their shoelaces together.He
also remembered Mrs. CarolynBoyett throwing them a party following graduation.
Coming from a family of limited means, Busby
ticket to college and financialstability was to get a scholarship, so he
focused totally on his
studies. His initial plan was to attend LSU and become an architect, but was one-point shorton the ACT.He
instead took a full scholarship to Northwestern, but the universitydid not offer architecture as a major so he
chose to focus on math and social studieseducation.Busby
had a lot more hair during his
college years - so much that he
gota perm and even had a ‘fro for awhile.He earned his degree, and came back to Minden not as a teacher, but instead workingat Bonanza for a year and a half.He
then took a math teaching job at Shongaloo.He taught there for 11 years and eventually became principal, staying in that positionfor six years.
"I had the opportunity to come to Minden High
then, but I turned it down becauseI enjoyed Shongaloo," he
"The first year, I had a difficult time learning to delegate," Busby
said."I stillhave a hard time because I'm so hands-on."His
high school years at MHS
are part of the reason he
is so involved with studentactivities."I really encourage kids to be active," he
said."It makes for good high school memories."
In the 30 years since he
graduated, many things have changed, though many are stillthe same.
"I never thought my kids would have gone to school in the old building," Busby
said."And not very many kids drove to school when I was here.I've got a ‘97 Ford
, andit's probably the oldest vehicle on campus.My own kids and most all of the kidsdrive newer vehicles than me."And now Busby is the supervisor of a few of the same teachers who taught him.
"That's different.They tell my girls ‘when I taught your daddy...'," he
...Like this year, I found Butch Williams in theClass of ‘65 and Morris Busby in ‘75.
Mr. Williams hasn't really changed all thatmuch, but Mr. Busby