By: Abdisadik Aidrus
Do you appreciate this beautiful and amazing school that lets you achieve your academic goals while taking snapchat photos between its walls? No matter if you feel school spirit or not, you should know why and how Apollo High School came about.
The need to have a second public high school in St Cloud was felt in the 1960s. That is when Jim Michie - the superintendent - asked Paul Kinney to design a new school.
Paul Kinney, who later became the first principal of Apollo, began an exhaustive study and concluded that the existing Carnegie Unit model at Tech High School was not the best way to educate the youth of the 1970s. Thus, Kinney introduced the flexible modular schedule, which has defined Apollo throughout its existence.
Our school name was borrowed from the Apollo space program and just like that program, Apollo has always been on a mission to produce the best of the finest young men and women with active and creative minds who have a sense of humility, understanding, and compassion for others.
Apollo opened its doors and welcomed its first students- who mostly lived in the North and West sides of District 742- in the fall of 1970 .
The Resource Center, where students could access books, periodicals, tapes, and other media, became the school's Disneyland. So dear teachers when you see students rushing and coming to your advisory early just to be one of the only two students allowed to go to the resource center, don’t think there’s something wrong with your class because there is not. Your class is actually awesome, but it's just that the resource center has been well known for years as the school’s focal point.