For myself and many of the people who read this blog, East Robertson High School has been not only our Alma Mater but the Alma Mater of many of our relatives. This school has been a cornerstone of this community since it’s conception in 1950, and my hope for today is to share a small piece of its history with you.
For generations, children in the Cross Plains and Orlinda communities went to separate schools, but in the late 40’s the communities were urged by the State Department of Education to merge their student bodies and build a building that was between the two cities. This building is now used as the local elementary school, albeit most of the original building has been renovated.
Once the home of all East Robertson students, k-12, this building now acts as the elementary school.
Since it’s foundations, ERHS has gone through a variety of changes. The school was racially integrated in the August of 1966, in the 70’s rooms were added to the high school to make it k-12, in the early 90’s a new building was built for high school students, and that building eventually acquired new wings to accommodate middle school students in 2003.
The current high school on a rainy winter day. The gym in this building is actually named after David Collie.
While the school is, and always has been small, that hasn’t held it back from achieving big accomplishments. Under the leadership of David Collie, the East Robertson Indians won three state basketball titles in 1987, 1988, and 1989 (His brother is the country singer/songwriter, Mark Collie). The current basketball coach, Neil Murphy, even played for Collie during some of the team’s hottest years.
This gym was the original gym built in the late 40’s.
It’s safe to say that the character of the town has largely been developed within the walls of its schools. Many families have attended it for multiple generations, including mine. This school has proven to be a quaint little place, and the evidence for that can be found when the community comes together to cheer on its sports teams or school clubs play an active role in the community.
It is my firm belief that ERHS will continue to make a history for itself, and I hope i have given you a small glimpse into it.