The following is an excerpt from an article I wrote in 2010 for Libertyville Patch:
Many famous folks graced the halls of Libertyville Township High School. Most notably, from 1939-1941, Marlon Brando attended the school. During his time there, he was a member of the Curtainraisers Club and the track team. As many recall, he was not the most serious student. Brando's English Literature teacher, Anna Johnson, would tell her students tales of his trickery. According to Anna J's student, Mickey Alkire, Brando removed the hinge pins from Anna's classroom door. When it came time to open it, the entire thing came out of the frame! He also refused to read Julius Caesar in her class because it was “not worth his time.” Ironically, he played Mark Antony in the 1953 motion picture adaptation. Something tells me he ended up reading it after all!
During World War II, the Jackson Gym hosted a War Bond Rally. The special guest in attendance was none other than Helen Keller! Though she was unable to communicate with the crowd, her presence spoke for itself. Other notable alumni have included Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, MLB player Brett Butler, and WGN-TV News Anchor Mark Suppelsa.
To rephrase George Bailey: Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Brainerd Building!
I'll miss you.
First images: Classroom, art room, ticket booth, Jackson Gym