Half a century ago, The Who rocked SM South’s gymnasium

A spread from the SM South yearbook documenting The Who's 1967 performance.
A spread from the SM South yearbook documenting The Who’s 1967 performance.

It was 1967, and things were looking bright at Shawnee Mission South.

The school had just opened the previous year, and students were busy establishing the building’s culture — a culture that owed a debt to rock and roll from the very beginning. Students selected the Raiders as their mascot in homage to the band “Paul Revere & the Raiders,” which had a chart-topping hit with “Kick” on its 1966 album “Midnight Ride.”