By ninth grade, high school became center stage for me, as well as Vree. That winter, she signed up for her school’s softball team and I signed up for my school’s baseball team. Only Vree ever developed into a star player.
Unlike my high school, which was built in the 1950s, Ravenwood High was a fancy building of brick, cement, and safety glass built in 1969. Located at Jefferson Avenue northeast of the center of town, the school housed grades 7 through 12, a big auditorium for plays and concerts and pep rallies, and a long and tall gymnasium for physical education classes and basketball and volleyball games.