Lec­ture to ex­plore his­tory of Spring ville schools

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M. Lee Tay­lor, a 1964 grad­u­ate of Springville High School, will pre­sent a look back at Springville schools from their begin­nings, par­tic­u­larly the high school, as part of a his­tor­i­cal lec­ture to be pre­sented at the Springville Se­nior Cen­ter on Wed­nes­day, Oct. 5, at 6 p.m. The se­nior cen­ter is lo­cated at 65 E. 200 South. Springville High School alumni will es­pe­cially en­joy this event. Ad­mis­sion is free. The his­tory of Springville High is of­ten clouded in lo­cal mem­o­ries, and the story of its found­ing is a mys­tery even to many of those who grew up in the com­mu­nity and at­tended school there. Be­fore the 20th cen­tury, school­ing typ­i­cally ended at the eighth grade with stu­dents hav­ing re­ceived what was then called a “nor­mal ed­u­ca­tion.” Early Utah his­tory tells us it was deemed far more im­por­tant for the youth to be help­ing out on the farm than spend­ing time in the pur­suit of “higher ed­u­ca­tion.” Those who felt the need or ex­pressed the de­sire to con­tinue on were gen­er­ally sent East to at­tend an in­sti­tu­tion of higher learn­ing. The con­struc­tion of school fa­cil­i­ties and the ed­u­ca­tion of lo­cal chil­dren was fore­most in the minds of the ear­li­est set­tlers of Springville. Those at­tend­ing this lec­ture will learn how the ef­forts of those ear­li­est cit­i­zens led not only to the or­ga­ni­za­tion of a lo­cal school sys­tem, but also to the erec­tion of ex­tended school fa­cil­i­ties and the even­tual found­ing of Springville High School, the very first “pub­lic” high school in Utah County. Lee Tay­lor has lived in Springville his en­tire life with the ex­cep­tion of three years spent in the mil­i­tary. He was born in his par­ents’ home in the Sage Creek area, and for the past 43 years has lived just two houses away from his child­hood home. He at­tended grade school at the Jef­fer­son School and also at­tended the new (1958) ju­nior high school; he grad­u­ated from Springville High in 1964. After at year at Brigham Young Univer­sity, he joined the U.S. Army, re­ceiv­ing ba­sic train­ing in Fort Ord, Calif., fol­lowed by ser­vice in Oklahoma, Ok­i­nawa and Viet­nam and at Fort Belvoir, Va. He was hon­or­ably dis­charged in 1969. He spent the next 22 years at Pa­cific Pipe as a ma­chin­ist and elec­tri­cian be­fore join­ing the IBEW Electrical Work­ers Union. Lee then worked for the next 18 years vir­tu­ally coast to coast as an elec­tri­cian and even­tu­ally was named su­per­in­ten­dent for Cache Val­ley Elec­tric be­fore re­tir­ing in 2009. Since then he has been very ac­tive in the Springville His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, where he serves on the board of di­rec­tors. He is an am­a­teur his­to­rian and par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in al­most any­thing deal­ing with the Springville/Maple­ton area. Re­cently he has fo­cused on the early Springville schools and school sys­tem and has given sev­eral lec­tures on the sub­ject.

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