Back to School: Jeff goes back to high school

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CAMPBELLSPORT, Wis. (WSAW) -- Last year, NewsChannel 7's Jeff Thelen got the chance to go back to his old grade school, Saint Matthew’s Catholic in his hometown of Campbellsport, checking out all the changes since the 1970s.

This year, Jeff takes us back to his hometown for a tour of Campbellsport High School, to see how that school has changed since the 1980s. And as he found out, most of the change is happening right now.

His locker is still in the same place. The locker he called, 'mine' from 1980 to 1984. It’s right next to what was the principal's office, which by the way is just a coincidence.

But, that may be the only thing that's the same at the home of the Cougars. They switched middle school and high school locations years ago. Teaching has evolved, too.

"Back when we were in school, there was a lot of learning from the teacher. Now, kids learn from each other," said Todd Henscik, Principal for both the middle school and high school in Campbellsport.

But, perhaps the biggest change since mullets were in style is happening right now. Parts of the building put up 20 years before Jeff’s dad was roaming these halls in the 1950s are now rubble, making way for a $23.5 million project approved by the voters late last year.

"What we're doing here is building Tech Ed areas, a new gym, some new classrooms and some office space in the front,"

Jim Vollmer, who taught Jeff and countless other CHS students proper English from 1966 to 2004, has a front row seat to watch the changes. Changes that dig up the past.

“Lots of memories. Almost all good. Maybe I'm repressing the bad ones," Vollmer told Jeff.

Mr. Vollmer says technology became more important to teaching over that time. But, children are still children and encouragement goes a long way in teaching and coaching.

Kindness does too, like the kindness he showed Jeff when he asked him what kind of student he was all those years ago.

"You were always fun to work with, fun to teach. You laughed but you knew your limits," Vollmer said.