This was written some time ago and the person has died. But I graduated at CHHS in '52 and SII and CHHS played each other last game every year then. Big competition! It's also in our annual. ...
S. I. I.
(The) Southern Industrial Institute was what is now the military school (LWMA). It was a (boarding) school (for boys) sent there from many different places to help boys who could not be handled at home, or had been in trouble, or maybe simply some parents didn't want them. The boys lived there and got their education. They were allowed to go downtown on Friday and Saturday night. Most of the people (students) from Camp Hill (High) School did not associate with them, at the same time there were no fights or confusion. I guess we as well as them just didn't integrate.
The homecoming football game was played with them and rotated from one school to the other every year. It was a hard fought game. We always marched to the drums to S.I.I. and they did likewise. Our team was the Wolverines. Mr. Dees was the coach in the earlier days before he was principal. I understand he was pretty tough.
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