Thompson Middle School alumni propose naming the school after former teacher, James Calvin Vaughan Sr. Known for his engergetic attitude, Vaughan was an English and Drama instructor during the seventies and eighties before passing away due to a brain tumor at age 36.
"Perhaps because of that tenacity, she said, he was a notoriously exacting instructor. Memories of Vaughan’s signature sentence-diagramming exams still elicit physical discomfort for Winkler, decades after seventh- and eighth-grade English.
'But it was because of those standards that we were able to succeed later on,' she said."
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