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Photo Challenge #127

Happy birthday, Mr. President!

Last Monday, John F. Kennedy would have turned 100. Of course, he was killed 53 years ago, on November 22, 1963.

But his memory lives on. And the plaque donated by Staples High School’s Class of 1964 was the subject of last week’s photo challenge.

Lynn U. Miller’s image showed part of his most famous quote. Fifteen years after its unveiling — in the 1979 renovation that turned 9 separate buildings into one school — the plaque was removed and lost.

About 15 years later, arts advocate Mollie Donovan found it, dusty and abandoned, in a storage space beneath the school. She had it cleaned up, and it was placed once again on the front of the school.

When the new, 3-story Staples building was built in 2003-05, not much of the old school remained. But there is one wall in a courtyard — where the front of the old building was — and that’s where the plaque is now. The courtyard is lightly used, and the only time most people see the plaque is when they take photos after graduation. But it looks great.

Sandra G. Jones, Michael Calise, Adam Stolpen, Bobbie Herman and Fred Cantor all knew their Kennedy/Staples stuff. Click here for the photo, and all comments.

Bob Weingarten took this week’s photo challenge. Like the Kennedy plaque, it’s also outdoors.

But that’s all I’m gonna say. Click “Comments” if you think you know where it is.

(Photo/Bob Weingarten)