Maryville, MO Tornado Destroys CCC Camp and High School, Oct 1934

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The Tornado

About five thirty of October 23, 1934, a tornado swept through south and east Maryville, demolishing buildings, lifting roofs, removing porches, and ruthlessly uprooting age old trees.

Five men at the CCC Camp were killed and a few were more or less seriously injured. Had the storm cone earlier in the day while school was in session-- well,--- we do not want to even think of what the results might have been.

The south wing of the High School building was struck, breaking most of the windows and ripping their frames from the walls. The rooms and halls were carpeted with fine pieces of glass, and the whole wing was slightly twisted on its foundation.

In the north wing, the commercial and home economics rooms were the most seriously damaged. The northwest corner of the roof was lifted and doubled back, while many of the bricks were dashed to the ground.

The fences that were around the new tennis courts were demolished. The goal posts were lifted from the new football gridiron and deposited on tor of telephone poles across the street.

In repairing the building, it was necessary to put on a whole new roof. The west side of the south wing had to be rebuilt from the ground up. It was put back just as it was before the storm. All of the rooms were carefully repaired, even to the smallest cracks, which could not be detected by the inexperienced eye.

To give added strength and protection, steel beams wore put through the center of the building where they mere needed. These made our building absolutely safe.

All of the wood-work on the outside was given a new coat of paint.

Along with the repairing, a vestibule was built at the entrance to the gymnasium. Aside from conserving heat, it is a big help in taking care of the crowds that attend our games.

After all of the repair work is finished and the entire interior redecorated, our building will be in even better condition than before the storm.

It was not necessary to miss more than one day of school. The day after the tornado, the churches of the city very magnanimously offered the use of their buildings and school opened at once. The center of the building not being seriously injured, a part of the classes wore soon moved back and the last nook of January found all classes in their own rooms.

The students did not realize how dear our old M. H. S. building really was until we saw it as a wreck and were forced to go to class else where.

--Charlotte Smith, Maryville High School Yearbook 1935

Photos above of Maryville High School after the tornado and the rebuilding of the high school.