My parents enrolled me in OMI as a fifth grader in the fall of 1950. After getting over being homesick and taking to the established regime of OMI I liked it so much that OMI became my home. I never looked forward to going home for the summer. Part of the reason was that I lived in a very small town in North East Ohio population of around five thousand. There were many parents who would not let their children play with me when they found out I was going to a military school because their perception was I was there for being a bad boy! In July of 1950 several months before I was sent to OMI we had just moved to this small town. I have an older and younger sister who attended and graduated from that public school system. In fact my older sister years ago purchased the home we lived in as children in that town and is retired in this home.
OMI reunions surprised my youngest daughter when she attended one with me years ago. She is graduate of Kent State University with a Masters in Phycology and Sociology. On our way home after the reunion what struck her the most was the immediate bond we all had with each other regardless of the year we attended and or graduated. She reasoned that because we lived together, marched together, ate together attended our classes together in this system brought this bonding that she would not feel if she attended one of her own public school reunions. I am forever grateful that my parents sent me to OMI. Growing up into manhood at the school has served me well all of my life since graduating. I am a member of the last class to graduate and they announced it the Monday after graduation without announcing prior to graduation. Many faculty and underclassman had to scramble to find other schools to either teach or attend. It was a very sad time for me because I realized I would never go back to visit OMI. Until Jeff Ripberger, Class of 1954 started our OMIHA, I had lost all contact with my classmates and any faculty from OMI. It has indeed been a blessing to attend reunions and I can support your father's memories of goodness, kindness and fondness of our attending this fine school. Should you care to contact me directly my email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
George Strayer, Class of 1958 OMI
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