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If you attended the Friday event at our 55th Reunion, you’ll remember we passed out information about a little-known monument sitting on the school property that dates back to the Truman White House days. The monument was made in part from rocks President Truman salvaged from the original White House built in 1791 in Washington DC. Erected in 1955, it was dedicated by the Southwest Class of ‘35 in dedication of Louis House, a very successful football, basketball and track coach at  Southwest for 30 years. Currently the monument is in disrepair, unidentified and hidden behind a fence that separates it from the playing field and the plaque commemorating it.

Many classmates visited this in conjunction with the Friday night portion of our 55th Reunion. General consensus of those visitors was that the missing plaque should be replaced to identify what this monument represents.

On Friday 1-13-23 several members of our class met with two officials from the KC School District to discuss replacement of the plaque missing from the monument. Dr. Derald Davis, assistant superintendent, and Rodney Lewallen represented the school district. Our meeting could not have gone any better. Dr. Davis was amazed that this piece of history is unknown and neglected. He promised to have the school district restore the monument, complete the placement of a plaque our class has already had fabricated, add additional signage to direct visitors to the monument and once this work is done to host a dedication ceremony sometime this spring.  The school district will advertise this dedication to alert local media and be sure anyone interested can come. Our class has promised to coordinate a reception at HJ’s following the dedication. (HJ’s is across Wornall from Southwest and where we held our Friday night reunion event. The site of the old Southtown YMCA).

Dr. Davis did also discuss the future of Southwest. Current plans are to use the campus as a middle school sometime in the future. Special thanks goes to Mark Wasserstrom and all the members of our class reunion committee* for putting this project together.  - Pat Titterington

*As one of the “all the members of our class reunion committee” I can report that most of us read Pat’s progress reports on getting the prototype plaque, many iterations of his and Mark’s attempted meetings with school board members, and his and Mark’s successful meeting. Thanks to Pat for the vision of having this done and not giving up.

Here’s a link to an article by Martin City Telegraph about the monumen's history: https://