June 7, 2011 / News

Discovered yearbook traces history of school rivalry

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

Maryville High School and Benton High School in Missouri have been rivals just up the road from each other for decades.

A little insight into just how long the rivalry has been around came back to Maryville High recently when a 1920 yearbook was sent to the school’s library from a book collector in California.

The collector stumbled across the old yearbook at a yard sale, and thought the school would love to have it, according to the article in the Maryville Daily Forum. The 1920 yearbook was the first one ever created at Maryville High.

Maryville Principal Jason Eggers said the book’s stories about the Benton basketball rivalry and jokes at the end of the book were fun. How far back does your school’s yearbook go?

Evan Blackwell, CJE
Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is a Web Content Specialist for walsworthyearbooks.com and yearbookhelp.com, as well as a regular contributor to Idea File magazine. He's been a writer and editor for Walsworth Yearbooks for the past 13 years, and is the author of the Yearbook Suite's "The Art of the Interview" unit. Prior to joining Walsworth, Blackwell spent five years as an award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.