By Marcus Austin, National OurTown News Editor,
Superman was also known as Clark Kent. However, I know Superman as Todd Trimble. Todd grew up next door to me in Kansas City. He was about 8 years younger than me and since he was an only child he was kind of like a little brother. That's why I sicked my dog on him and Todd would have to jump to get away. Little did I know, but Todd was jumping into a phone booth.
Todd went to Southeast High School. It was a track meet in 1989 when Todd "flew" into history. Todd broke the Missouri High School Long Jump Record with a jump of 26-01.50. The record still stands today, 25 years later! The record may never be broken. The winning jump at the Missouri state track meet in 2014 is nearly 4 feet short of Todd's record jump. As a matter of fact, Todd's jump is the 6th longest in high school, nationally! Todd went on to star at Ohio State and made it to the Olympic Trials finals in the men's long jump in 1992. Congratulations Todd, for maintaining your record 25 years. I believe It's about time for you to be enshrined into the Missouri High School Hall Of Fame!
Although there are some excellent private high schools in our area, such as my alma mater, Rockhurst. Some of the public schools have endured challenges. For instance, the KCMO school district has lost it's accreditation.
However, there are public schools in our area that are excelling! There are five high schools in the Shawnee Mission school district in Overland Park Ks. There is Shawnee Mission, North, South, East, West, and Northwest. The community can take pride in the fact that this week the Washington Post has named four of the five schools as "America's Most Challenging Schools." Only 11 schools in Kansas were good enough to receive this honor.
This recognition is determined by the number of Advanced Placement Exams taken by our students each year. Shawnee Mission West also won the 6A State Championship in football this year. Principal, Dr. Charles Mc Lean was prompted to say, "This is another piece of data to support our claim that West is Best!?
Marcus Austin ####