Medicine: St. Charles & Science

In the basement are two radioisotope storage wells. On the roof is a 6-in. telescope, a transparent plastic cupola for cold weather observations, a battery of meteorological gadgets. In between are perhaps the finest science classrooms in any U.S. high school, fitted with electronics laboratory, photographic darkrooms, areas for private student experiments and a specially designed fume hood built to specifications of the Atomic Energy Commission.

The quiet prairie town of St. Charles, Ill. (pop. 7,700), 33 miles west of Chicago, is known mainly as the site of the state reform school. But last week its new high school science setup was...

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