As the clock rapidly approached 10 a.m., we felt the rush to finish, “Our Project” before the clock chimed ten times, when we would be forced to cancel the project because class was about to start. Our project, of course, as juniors in high school was to take the “Senior Bench” away from the seniors. The date was November 1947 and the location was the Brawley Union High School.
There is some great history right in front of the Brawley Union High School that most people don’t know about. That is the gray-curved bench in front of the school office. At one time it had the Wildcat colors. Blue bench and gold letters telling what it was. Since that time, it has been re-plastered, which covered the words of what it was and who had it made. But we do know that the names “SENIOR BENCH’ and “CLASS – 32” was on the bench.
The Bench — It was a project the 1932 senior class did. It was first put on the east side of the south wing of the Junior College building. No one but “seniors” could sit on it – that was the rules. But in 1947 us juniors decided that we should be able to sit on it, also. Sooo- a bunch of us juniors sat down on it. It worked for just a few minutes until a few seniors saw us. And the fight was on.
They started grabbing us and pushing us away from the bench. Part of us were holding our own when one of the juniors felt someone grab him by the shoulder. Well, he turned around and threw a punch before he saw who it was. Guess what? It was the principal, Percy Palmer.
That was the end of that. Some of us went to the principal’s office “for a while.” The next morning when we got to school, the bench was where it is now. We never did find out how Mr. Palmer had it moved over night.
My project now is to see if we can restore the bench.
Class of 1948