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Barrington High School To Display Photos Of Kennedy Visit In 1960

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BARRINGTON, Ill. (CBS) – On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, a northwest suburban high school plans to show off newly discovered pictures of the late president.

WBBM Newsradio’s Nancy Harty reports, while looking through an old family album, a Barrington High School alum recently found pictures of John F. Kennedy’s visit to the school just before he was elected president in 1960.

“They’ve been sitting in a basement, probably for many many years, and this will give them a showcase,” Barrington School District 220 Superintendent Tom Leonard said.

Then Sen. John F. Kennedy visits Barrington High School in October 1960, a month before he was elected president. (Credit: Barrington School District 220)

Then Sen. John F. Kennedy visits Barrington High School in October 1960, a month before he was elected president. (Credit: Barrington School District 220)

The school plans to unveil them on Nov. 21, the day before the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination in Texas.

Kennedy visited the school in October 1960. One of his former Navy PT-boat crewmates was from Barrington.

Leonard said the black-and-white photos and Polaroids will appeal to students and the public.

“I think that there are going to be people in the community who are going to be really drawn to it,” he said. “Our students really are into history, and some of them are political junkies.”

Leonard said the pictures will become part of a permanent display on presidential visits to the school, which will include a record of President Barack Obama’s visit before his election to the White House.