Esther Hiuser graduated from Fenton High School in 1971 — the year there was no yearbook. Hers was the second class to graduate from the new school.
She remembers that when she was in school there were several classes that are likely not offered today. They include shorthand, office machines such as the mimeograph, which was used to duplicate documents before copiers. Typing was taught on manual and electric typewriters.“There were no computers,” she said.
There also were Home Economics classes that taught skills like sewing and cooking. Metal shop and wood shop classes provided useful training for the skilled trades.
“There were no severe weather or tornado drills, no gun or lockdown training and no cell phones,” Hiuser said. “We used pay phones.”
It was a closed campus during lunch hours. “A hot lunch cost 40 cents per day and the menu consisted of mostly canned veggies and fruit, milk, and a main dish like sloppy joe’s on a bun,” she said.
Hiuser said the lunch menu was printed out monthly. “There were no choices, all plates served were the same,” she said.
During the holidays, students could get a turkey dinner.
Hiuser said illegal drug use incidents were few and far between at Fenton High School.
After high school, Hiuser graduated from Baker Business College and enjoyed a variety of subsequent careers. She has four adult children and one grandchild.