The Lizard King was here

Jim Morrison’s High School Yearbook
Jim Morrison’s High School Yearbook

For Randy Maney and Stan Durkee, 1961 George Washington High School classmates of Jim Morrison, their memories are of a shy, clean-cut and studious young man, with a fondness for pranks.

Retelling their memories at a gathering recently in Old Town of Morrison fans brought back a happier time in Alexandria of blissful ignorance to the brewing upheaval of the 1960s—the endless war in Vietnam, the assasinations, the civil rights movement.

Jim Morrison, who would grow to become arguably the greatest rock and roll poet of his generation, lived off Braddock Road in the Jefferson Park area of Alexandria, a place of neatly manicured lawns, happy family lives and responsible jobs at the Pentagon and downtown. Morrison's father was a high-ranking Naval officer, they moved around a lot, so young Jim arrived at GW in the spring of 1959 as a second-semester sophomore transferred from Alameda (Calif.) High.

Jim was a real smart guy, real clean cut and really into books, said Maney, 65, who still lives in Alexandria and grew up near Morrison at Westminster Place. Jim and I played tennis a lot and his dad got us tickets to the Army Navy game at Annapolis.

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