The Last of the Muleskinners

Friday morning marked the end of an era in Salina.

Hundreds of alumni came back for the final roll call at St. John’s Military School, where the cadets have their final day of classes before the school officially closes.

Since 1887, St. John’s Military has been a staple in north Salina providing young men with the opportunity to grow spiritually, morally, intellectually and physically in their education.

The festivities Friday morning included a flag raising ceremony, final roll call, pass-in-time review and a time capsule opening from former cadets in the 1980s.

Of the past cadets who attended Friday morning’s ceremony included Ken Winner, a 1984 graduate from St. John’s Military School. He says the lessons he learned while attending the school helped him in life.


While the morning was bitter-sweet for some, others are excited for their future, including Phil Tabor, who will be graduating from the school. Tabor also talked about how attending St. John’s Military helped him become a better leader.


Tabor is one of 14 who will graduate as the 131st corps of the St. John’s Military School on Saturday morning, the last in history.

Graduation for St. John’s Military School is set for tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. in front of Jack Vanier Hall. This is the final event hosted by the school, which announced its closing earlier this year.