We’re in the heart of north Arkansas at Alpena, on the line between Carroll and Boone counties. I’ve fished for smallmouth bass here on Long Creek. It was a wonderful float, and I tell my traveling companions about how many fish we caught that day.
Soon they'll tear down my high school, which is where my life got direction and launching. They ought instead to preserve the structure as a monument to, and museum commemorating, everything that went wrong in Little Rock public education over the last five decades.
But, first, McClellan High on Geyer Springs Road on the southwest edge of the city should continue to stand as a reminder never to revive the architecture of the 1960s. It was presumed to be progressive when McClellan opened in 1966 without windows in classrooms along tunnel-like corridors extending left and right from open-air courtyards between t