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1250 W Belt Line Rd, Richardson, TX 75080, USA (Richardson, Texas)
 
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Richardson High School
This high school in Richardson, Texas (near Dallas) has had a number of students who went on to become famous. Among those famous alumni are an author known for her horror fiction and an actress with a number of appearances in horror films. The school district was also the first in the United States to own its own television station. The station broadcast roughly 20 miles and ran from 1960 through 1970 before switching to closed circuit broadcasts. The school also drew national attention from a student's suicide in 1991 that inspired a famous alternative rock song.

Jeremy Wade Delle
On January 8, 1991 at roughly 9:45 am, 15-year-old high school sophomore Jeremy Wade Delle shot himself with a handgun that he had brought with him to school. His suicide took place in a classroom full of fellow students. Delle was described as being a loner who had recently transferred to Richardson from a school in nearby Dallas. He had apparently been in counseling with his father at the time that he took his own life.

On the morning of his suicide, Jeremy Delle was told by his English teacher, Fay Barnett, that he needed to get an excuse from the school office to be in her class. Initial news reports stated that the excuse was needed due to an absence from her class, however according to a later account by Jeremy's friend Lisa Moore, Jeremy had been given an extended in-school-suspension (I.S.S.) because of something discovered in his locker and he should not have been attending class at all. The teacher wanted something official from the office that would show that he had been released from I.S.S. and could attend her class.

Delle left his classroom briefly and returned, stating to Ms. Barnett, "Miss, I got what I really went for. " He then placed the barrel of a .357 Magnum revolver (some early news stories mistakenly reported it to be a .38 calibre handgun) in his mouth and before the teacher could react, pulled the trigger. It was discovered afterwards that Delle had left a suicide note with a school friend.

Richardson High School had suffered a rash of suicides a few years earlier in 1988. That year, three students had taken their own lives, causing a crisis intervention program to be instituted there. Despite the death of Jeremy Delle (who had only recently moved into the school district), it appears that the program has had a positive effect.

Delle's suicide was a significant part of the inspiration for the Pearl Jam song Jeremy. The song, which was also named after Jeremy Delle was released on Pearl Jam's debut album Ten in August of 1991. The song became one of Pearl Jam's first three hit singles. Pearl Jam vocalist Eddie Vedder stated that he had also been inspired by a student named Brian that he himself had gone to school with, but that the primary influence had been a newspaper article about Jeremy Wade Delle.

Two music videos were created for the song. The original music video, directed by Chris Cuffaro, was shot in black and white and primarily featured footage of the band members playing while being rotated individually in front of a black background. Unfortunately for Cuffaro (who had paid production costs out of his own pocket), the video was rejected by Epic Records. This version of the music video can be seen at the director's web site (see Related Sites below).

A second video was shot with Mark Pellington as director. This is the version most widely seen by fans, though in a censored form. The Mtv cable channel refused to show the music video unless the ending was edited slightly. The end of the video has a youth killing himself with a gun in front of a classroom full of students. The uncensored footage showed the actor placing the gun in his mouth and pulling the trigger. The censored version of the video shows the boy pulling something unseen from his pocket and then cuts to his fellow students, splattered with blood and in shocked, defensive positions. Ironically, the censorship caused some viewers to mistakenly assume that the end of the video depicted an even more violent act; the boy taking the lives of his fellow students. The uncensored music video can be seen on some online video sites, including YouTube (see Related Sites below).

Eddie Vedder discussed the song and the music video for it in a Rockline interview in 1993. A quote from the interview follows:

"It came from a small paragraph in a paper which means you kill yourself and you make a big old sacrifice and try to get your revenge. That all you're gonna end up with is a paragraph in a newspaper. Sixty-three degrees and cloudy in a suburban neighborhood. That's the beginning of the video and that's the same thing is that in the end, it does nothing... nothing changes. The world goes on and you're gone. The best revenge is to live on and prove yourself. Be stronger than those people. And then you can come back."

Jeremy Delle was laid to rest at Restland Memorial Park cemetery in Dallas, Texas. His grave has been a semi-popular place for paranormal investigators to visit. Some have posted videos and audio online of what is claimed to be electronic voice phenomenon (EVP) recordings of Jeremy attempting to communicate from beyond.

Anne Rice
Author Anne Rice briefly went to school at Richardson High. She met her future husband, poet and artist Stan Rice, in a journalism class they both attended at the school. They did not begin dating until that summer, following her graduation. Later in life Anne would rise to literary stardom with her supernaturally themed novels in the Vampire Chronicles and Mayfair Witches series.

Deborah Foreman
Actress Deborah Foreman went to school at Richardson High as well. She graduated from there in 1980. Deborah starred in such horror films as April Fools Day (1986), Predator: The Concert (1987), Waxwork (1988), Destroyer (1988), Lobster Man from Mars (1989) and Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat(1990). Foreman attained a cult-following through her appearances in these films as well as the 1983 film Valley Girl and 1991's Lunatics: A Love Story. The bulk of her acting work was in films during the 1980s, with her stepping away from acting for other pursuits in the 1990s and rarely returning to acting in the time since.

Other Alumni
Actor couple Tracy Hutson and Barry Watson both went to school at Richardson. It was that link that drew them together as a couple after they had individually achieved success as actors. Watson appeared in the horror/thriller films Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1993), Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999), When Strangers Appear (2001) and Boogeyman (2005). Tracey Hutson has become more known for her interior design work on the reality television series Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Actor Jake McDorman also attended Richardson High.

Other school alumni include WWE wrestler Shawn Michaels, comedian Bill Engvall, mystery writer Deborah Crombie and Science fiction author John Maddox Roberts. The Richardson High School alumni also includes ventriloquists Jay Johnson and Jeff Dunham.

The School Today
Richardson High School continues to operate in the same building it has since the early 1950s. It has an enrollment of more than 2,000 students. The school is known for its programs, including activities involving robotics, mock legal trials and the culinary arts. As an operating high school, the facility is not open to the general public.
 
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The Original Jeremy Music Video
This is the original music video made for Pearl Jam's song Jeremy. Directed by Chris Cuffaro, it was rejected by the record company.
Pearl Jam's Jeremy Video (Uncensored)
The uncensored version of Mark Pellington's music video for Pearl Jam's song "Jeremy."
Wikipedia: Jeremy
Wikipedia entry for the Pearl Jam song "Jeremy".
Wikipedia: Deborah Foreman
Wikipedia entry for actress Deborah Foreman.
Wikipedia: Anne Rice
Wikipedia entry for author Anne Rice.
 
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