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The Springfield school district has helped shape thousands of alumni throughout our community. In an effort to share their impactful memories and experiences, we will regularly update our Alumni Corner with stories about those who have since graduated from the district and how those lessons and life experiences offered during K – 12 have helped propel them forward, post grad. If you or someone you know has a positive story to share, please send that information to for a chance to appear on Alumni Corner. 


Meet Raleigh Cavero

Raleigh Cavero

The IB program at Central sparked Raleigh’s passion for Cold War history. Raleigh went on to Yale where she studied that time period from varied geographical perspectives. She plans to continue her work on Cold War history at Cambridge next year, where she hopes to earn a Masters in Philosophy in US History. 




Meet Jesse Rafferty

Jessee Rafferty

After graduating from Hillcrest High School in 1995, Jesse was accepted into the IBEW/NECA electrician’s apprenticeship program. After becoming a journeyman electrician in 2001 he was made a foreman and managed electrical construction on the Mercy Hospital expansion between 2002-2008. In 2009 Jesse chose to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming an engineer. He graduated from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2013 with a BS in Electrical Engineering and now works for 3M Corp. as a Project Engineer, and is pursuing his Masters in Engineering Management through Missouri S&T’s Distance Program. 

“I have two notable memories from my time in Springfield Public Schools. First was the computer lab installed at Robberson Elementary back in the mid 80’s. I remember how exciting it was to play ‘Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?’ This was back when you still had to boot the computer with an MSDOS disk before you could do anything. My second memory was from my time in the WINGS program. We would have a school wide project at the end of each year where we’d simulate a real world event. One year we ran a mock stock market for an entire day, complete with real time trades and a stock ticker. I still think of that today when I trade stocks,” said Jesse. 

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