Minnesota kids went back to school on a stormy Tuesday
A morning downpour forced a back-to-school event indoors at St. Paul Central High School on Tuesday, but inside the gym, the band’s drums had an added boom that seemed appropriate for a 150th-year celebration.
In school districts across the state, Tuesday was a day for umbrellas and fresh starts as hundreds of thousands of kids returned to school — and not just old schools, but new ones, rescued ones and some without power, too.
At Central, the state’s oldest high school, this year’s seniors packed the bleachers to mark the school’s 150th year and to share hopes of putting a difficult 2015-16 school year behind them. They listened as Mayor Chris Coleman, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith and City Council Member Chris Tolbert, a 2001 graduate, spoke of the school’s rich diversity and a history of churning out judges, artists and Rhodes scholars.