[stories, mostly about Mr. Kimmins, mostly from the original website]
#24 I remember one episode with the dreaded hickory piece.
Jim Copus and I were goofing off in one of the lady teacher's class, I forget
which one, and we got nailed. Well, it was off to the shop where the "unit"
was kept. Jim and I being 18 years old and thinking, Do we really want to take
a "licking?" No, so we started goofing off again and begin discussing between
ourselves weather to submit or not. After all, we were almost grown men. Then
JIK said, "Come on boys take your licks" We finally said, "OK", and received
our just desserts. I wonder if my name is on the wood? Loomas Marshall '53
#23 Well, I have truly enjoyed reading these anecdotes
about Mr. Kimmins and the notorious paddle. Perhaps someone from the Phillips
High School Alumni Association could approach Mr. Kimmins and request the
paddle be located and donated to our Phillips Heritage Center. Then, it could
be displayed in a glass case for all of us alums to see and remember those
days of glory when some of us were "invited" into Mr. Kimmins' office for a
well-deserved busting??? There appears to be considerable history involving
this amazing paddle. It would be quite fun to see some of the "names"
inscribed on this paddle!
#22 Don't remember exactly how many times, but believe me
it was many! Mr.(JIK) gave me the job of building him a new paddle in woodshop
due to the fact that my signature appeared so many times on his old one that
nobody else could sign it. Stupid me, I made it from Hickory and proceeded to
get the first busting with that one too. And Gary Yoder, you are wrong! Ms.
Burleson busted me nearly every day and many times, you started it, but I got
caught! Mike Young '70
#21 Only once, for fighting in the girls bathroom (with
Gay Watson). I would have preferred to be shot in the foot than to hear the "I
am so disappointed in you" speech. Tari Vanlandingham Thomas '68
#20 I have no idea! My skirts were always 1/2" too short
and I almost ran out of skirts to please him. Loved him anyway, Darla Caviness,
#19 He only got me once, and of course it wasn't my fault.
Phil Erdmann Class of 64
#18 Dick Cook Class of 1960... Got Busted in the Fall of
1959 for wearing a Polo Shirt (N0 Collar) that was the rule ...you had to have
a shirt collar. I was sent home to change into a respectable shirt with
collat. I then threw my boat collar shirts away. JIK was firm and enforced the
rules but I was never busted...
#17 # 16, IS THAT YOU?, JOHNNY U
#16 66 Times!
#15 NEVER!!! i'm in high school now & ,believe me!, i did a
lot of things i could be busted for...but i never got actually busted. weird,
#14 I have read all of the "tall tales" about Mr. Kimmins
beating everyone. Are we all talking about the same Mr. Kimmins who worked at
the school on Saturday mornings and allowed a few of us to enter the high
school gym to shoot hoops? I do not recall any hint of meaness or violence in
this man's face. I do recall, however, that he was always cheerful to a few of
us and always inquired about how we were doing. This cannot be the same man
who everyone is alleging "brutalized" the student population. You all must be
mistaking this benevolent, considerate principal for someone else. There is no
way this man could resort to corporal punishment in the fashion that I am
reading in this "Busted" category. I do remember that this man had the
capability of instilling discipline and good character in Phillips students.
Did a paddle really ever exist in this man's office???
#13 I remember getting busted a couple of times by JIK...Mr.
Kimmins -- it was an honor! The paddle as I recall had lots of holes in it and
JIK had an unusual swing!
But Mrs. Willis had ya' beat Mr. Kimmins. Her swing was what baseball
legends are made of! As I recall, she would make you bend over and hold your
ankles...She would then rear back as far as she could and when that paddle hit
my rear end I flew across the room into the opposite wall! Rubbing my head and
my rear I realized this women was not to be messed with! (grin) Loren Kelly,
#12 Remember not being able to leave the gym once you'd
gone there after lunch?? Well, Sherry (Bugg) Hopkins & I decided to go to
Cut-Rate grocery store for a candy bar, but we were already in the gym. The
plan was to watch for Mr. Kimmins & other teachers & when the coast was clear-
- run like heck. I ran - - Sherry didn't. Why??? There was Mr. Kimmins & he
took off in hot pursuit right behind me yelling "stop that girl, stop that
girl". I made it (proudly, at the time) to Cut Rate, bought my candy & snuck
back in the gym. Guess who was called out of her next class - yep, me! I knew
I was getting busted for sure, I didn't, but there was a LONG discussion of
rules & how to follow them & why!! Melinda (Kuhrt) Lynch
#11 By Mr. Kimmins, only twice. I got one from Mrs McGee.
From Mrs. Willis, I can't count that high. I even remember her dunking my head
in a sink of water for going to sleep in class. Jan L. Brooks
#10 This category reminds me of my only spanking that I
received in school. The corporal punishment happened during my second grade
year, administered by Mildred McGee, Phillips Elementary Principal. I got into
a fight with a great friend on the playground and we both took a "brutal
beating". We were subsequently hauled into Mrs. McGee's office and she
listened to both our stories as to who started the altercation. Without so
much as smile or a hit of sympathy, she pulled out her notorious paddle and
the paddlings commenced. I still vividly recall that I was the last to get it
and I had my tongue sticking out. She said, "Young man, stick that tongue back
inside your mouth!" Whack! Whack! Whack! I learned to avoi` her office the
rest of iy school)bapedr*((Thb)`a`)p`ru) 0D about the experience was that
school photos were taken the next day and I still laugh when I look at that
photo with my scar and a fat lip on my smiling face. Needless to say, my
mother was mortified.
#9 I never got busted by JIK, but by coaches and I know I
have the record for the most swats from Miss Burleson in Jr High choir!!!! G.
#8 My Gosh! Several times from Mr Kimmons. My bustings
actually started to mount up in the first grade from Mr Adkins. One or two a
week. What a nice man, so you know that I must have been really pushing the
envelope Hahaha. Bob '70
#7 Jay Poulain '71 and I decided not to return to school
after lunch because the bus to Vernon for the Iowa Park game was going to
leave around 2:00 P.M. The phone rang and I answered, feeling sure that Craig
Phillips '71 was pulling our collective legs. I assured him, Mr. K., we would be
right back, duh. Monday morning was not a pretty sight, and I still have to
believe it was Craig since no one else knew where Jay and I were!! Kirk
#6 Bob Rinehart was picking on me as usual and I hit him. I
was sent to the office. I wouldn't tell Mr. Kimmins why I hit him and got a
bustin'. The next year we were smoking in the rest room and Bob Rinehart
wouldn't give me a puff. On the way back to class the tardy bell rang and we
were in front of Mr Kimmin's office. He came out and sniffed and said "Have
you boys been smoking?" I said "I haven't but Bobby has." I was sent to class
and Bob got a bustin'. Paid ole Bob back. PR Hancock class of 1947.
#5 i never learned to count that high. when we wanted to
miss a test, we just removed our belt and went by the office for some inane
reason so he would see us and send us home to get a belt. billy kindle, class
#4 I got busted the last day of school, the period of the
day, my senior year for getting in a fight with Jim Hopkins. Kevin McClellan
#3 No bustings, He was fond of sending me home to "think it
#2 My "bustings" were limited to being sent home for
dresses shorter than 3 inches above the knee. My record was three times in
three days. Nancy Grooters Amburn
#1 I think that he only got me twice...... I think.....Craig
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