HISTORICAL POSTCARDS OF SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI
Jarrett Junior High School
This postcard is a black-and-white photograph of Jarrett Junior High School on a winter day (note the trees), possibly in the 1940s or 1950s. The school was constructed on the site of the former Owen family home, also known as the Lucy McCammon House. This house had been important in Springfield's history and was built in 1851.
Jarrett was constructed in 1921 to 1923 at what is now 840 South Jefferson. It sits on the east side of South Jefferson just north of Grand Street. The tract of land originally held the former John Polk Campbell home (925 South Jefferson) which was moved 500 feet to a lot behind the tract to make way for the school.
The school was named for J.H. Jarrett, member of the Springfield Board of Education from 1900 to 1915. The first principal of the school was Mr. M.R. Rice. Some interesting facts about Jarrett mentioned in the Springfield Leader and Press "Know Your Schools" column in 1954 were that every year Jarrett produced a student operetta and the school newspaper was called The Broadcaster.
Jarrett Junior High School became Jarrett Middle School in 1994, along with the other Springfield junior high schools, except for Pleasant View, which had begun a pilot middle school program in 1991. Some of the city's other junior high/middle schools had trouble making the transition, but Jarrett was considered Springfield's model middle school. It still has good student test scores and few student absences.