Shining a Light on Warrior Nation since 1960 From the Past/ Towards The Future: A New Wakefield The 60’s Revisited: A Blast From The Past Lawrence Savoy ‘14 High waisted pants and skinny ties; have the 60s revisited? Sort of. This is the student body of Wakefield 2013. They have similar styles from Wakefield in the early 1960s. Grandpa sweaters, old school patterned jackets, high waisted shorts and pants as well as a variety of different things tend to be seen a lot in the halls. Junior Julia Dumlao says “It’s high waisted pants, skinny ties, and sleek suits. Sophomore Destiny Willingham says “The high school trends are wearing too little clothing male and female. Its quite unfortunate.” Females in the 60s wore a lot of plaid designs and mostly skirts when they went to school. They all had short bob hair cuts. In the 60s students were more focused on what they were doing than how they looked. In 2013 Juniors Cathleen Madlansacay, Lawrence Savoy, Julia Dumlao take a photo to show their different styles. Photo By Lawrence Savoy Sophomore Destiny Willingham says “The high school trends are wearing too little clothing male and female. It’s quite unfortunate.” From the Past/ Towards The Future: A New Wakefield In 1964 Wakefield Students gather in the Auditorium. Photo By Wakefield HS Yearbook 1964 High school kids in the 60s learned a lot about politics because of the Vietnam War and also the draft. Every male that was a junior or a senior in the high school was prepared for the draft. Now juniors and seniors in 2013 are worried about college and how they are going to get in or get a job. In 2013 high school students are more focused on what they are going to do later in life, and career that would make them a lot of money. Students in high school in the 60s smoked a lot of cigarettes. Now students smoke marijuana and drink alcohol. Skateboards became popular in the early 60s; some people fixed them up and sold them but almost every teenager had one. Now, every teen in 2013 has an IPhone or some kind of smart-phone. Teens also have “Beats” headphones that go with their fancy cell phones. Teens at Wakefield High School play lots of sports; Lacrosse, Football, Soccer, Field Hockey, Cheerleading & Basketball. In the 60s one of the most popular sports was Football. Football players wore there varsity jackets around the school. In the early 60s trends were set because of issues going on at that time. Some trends started because of war and teens know they could be drafted after high school. Everyone had a certain style but today students dress because of how they feel. Sports and activities influence an individual’s style at the present time. Out With the Old, In With the New Steven Khlen '16 Wakefield High School has been home to the Wakefield Warriors for 60 years. Ever since Wakefield was opened during the 1950's it has gained lots of expansions, such as the English wing, and a larger library. Now, Wakefield is building a new school and replacing the current, older one. In our modern world surrounded by technology, the new Wakefield is on the cutting edge of being part of a higher educational system. From the Past/ Towards The Future: A New Wakefield The new school will feature a green, environmental, efficient and renewable energy system, healthy and safe for students to learn in. The new Wakefield's front entrances are planned to be easier to access by transportation, including having separate vehicle circulation routes on the separate side, similar to the transportation circulations in the current Wakefield. “In our modern world surrounded by technology...Wakefield is on the cutting edge of being part of a higher educational system” said Steven Khlen. No one is seen in the empty hallways of the current Wakefield, located in the basement. Photo By Steven Khlen '16 The progress of building the new Wakefield High School continues. Photo By Steven Khlen '16 Each classroom will have a space fit for twenty students with a white board, smart board, and black board. All the Science labs will include six island spots for students to work at or observe experiments, along with a central chemical room for safety use. The shape of the new Wakefield will have multiple wings that form a large fan shape, with a large room in the center called Town Hall, or The Heart, including its very own courtyard, along with two other courtyards around the school. The new Wakefield will include a friendly and welcoming outdoor space, both attractive and relaxing for those who enjoy studying outdoors. The auditorium will have 625 seats, divided onto the main floor, a cross-aisle, a mezzanine, lower slope area, the stepped upper area, and the seat gallery. The New Wakefield School will also feature an indoor pool. It will contain an eight lane competition pool, along with an attached teaching and diving pool. Thus, the new Wakefield is surely to be a wonderful feature when students attend it next year. Freshman Jonathon Moya mentioned how a new school "Would be awesome," and how even though the old school was nice, a new school would present "Wakefield as a better school than it already is." From the Past/ Towards The Future: A New Wakefield Freshman Robert "Bobby" Aselford brought up how a new school would be "Beneficial" and that even though the old school was full of memories, it would be our "time to leave." Alumni Interview: Athletic Trainer Rebecca Kigin Yousserf Dhimni ‘16 What year did you attend Wakefield high school? Nov. 1990-June 1992 How was your experience at Wakefield? Awesome. Much better than I experienced at HB Woodlawn. I transferred here because I was coming here for sports every day anyway. Most of my friends were at Wakefield, both from Junior ROTC and from sports. I liked the classes much better, the structure, the bells, and the diversity. If I'd had a bad experience, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be an Athletic Trainer, much less working at Wakefield!! On may 30th Ms.kigin posing in a vote for Pedro shirts across from her room. Photo credit by Youssef dhimni ’16 Did you have a class that you really enjoyed? I really enjoyed Mr. Chalker's physics class: all the problems involved Calvin and Hobbes scenarios, so it made it really cool (i.e. Calvin is flying in his space ship at 60 mph and Hobbes is coming towards him at 30 mph, how fast will they Who was the Principal at the time? Dr. Djouadi. Everyone was afraid of her. I wasn't really, because I knew that I wasn't doing anything that would get me in trouble. And then I started working here, and I got a little scared of her, because I didn't really know what I was doing because I'd never taught before, and I realized that What was your least favorite class? I was only here for 1 3/4 years, and there weren't any classes that I didn't like, just ones that I wasn't very good at. I enjoyed Judy Klevin's Drama 1 class, but I was a From the Past/ Towards The Future: A New Wakefield senior and couldn't even act like a fool, so I wasn't very successful. I can't say I particularly liked my math classes, but that was because I wasn't really sure what I was doing, and they wanted me to do daily homework. Also, when I transferred from HB I was in French 5, but when I got here I had to go to French 4, and then finished the year in French 3 (I still can't carry on a conversation in French, and would have no idea what someone is telling me, but that is no fault of Wakefield!! Senior year I settled for Spanish 1) Do you have any memorable moments at the school? I remember when we, the girls varsity basketball team, won our only two games that season AT WashingtonLee and Yorktown (sweet justice). I remember when we went to states in 1990, when we beat South Lakes (playing against South Lakes) in the Regional Finals at Robinson High School. I have lots of memories of the various teams that I played on. On may 30th athletic trainer Ms.kigin, massages a injured students ankle after she sprained it during P.E .Photo credit by Youssef dhimni ’16 How has Wakefield change since you attended the school? There are more sports. There are more students from more countries. Technology and the internet have really made education different. In order to do research for our classes, we would go to the card catalog and find books, or we'd use the encyclopedia, or even use microfiche, which is pictures of newspapers and journals saved to filWe used to have beepers (pagers), and that was only MAYBE 1/50 kids. To get picked up to come home from school, we used to use the payphone outside the cafeteria. We'd make a collect call, and say that our name was "Kigin Cafeteria" or "Kigin Barcroft field". If my mom was available to pick us up, she'd decline the call, and we'd know that she was on her way. From the Past/ Towards The Future: A New Wakefield If she couldn't pick us up, it would cost her the money to tell us why she couldn't pick us up!! We used to watch movies in class from a movie projector: it was awesome. Has Wakefield change for the good or the bad? Wakefield as a whole has changed for the better. The students, perhaps they are more lazy. I wish the kids had more school spirit. I remember there used to be more people playing football, and many more people would come to the games. More people were in the band and orchestra. More people would come to the activities. The whole school was honored that he picked Wakefield out of any other school in the country. His speech was televised and was meant to inspire kids of all ages to try harder, work harder, never give up and most importantly, to stay in school. The President’s second visit was in 2011 when he came with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. This time he came secretly and also came to talk to an AP US History class, taught by Ms. Fraley. That same day happened to be Ms. Fraley’s birthday and he sang to her. Wakefield Marches Through History Jennifer Delgado ‘14 Every year is filled with new surprises and different changes. Wakefield has changed immensely throughout the years; all the different events that happened have shaped Wakefield by creating lasting memories that have changed Wa k e f i e l d f o r t h e b e t t e r . One of the most memorable events in Wakefield history is when President Barack Obama visited the school. , not once but twice His first visit was in September 2009, where he gave his national “Back to School s p e e c h ” . President Obama visits Wakefield to talk about the importance of getting an education and to get serious about school on Tuesday, September 8,2009. Photo By: Doug Mills ,New York Times Another proud moment was when Wakefield’s Scholastic Bowl team earned 4th place in the Virginia High School league’s Scholastic Bowl championships in April of 2012. The team put countless hours of practice and worked extremely hard in order to get there. One of the more upsetting events that happened in recent history was a bomb threat on May 12th 2011. A call was made to 911 from one of the payphones within the school saying there was a bomb in the school. Students and staff were sent out to the football field for a bit over two hours as officers and police dogs checked the school. Thankfully, it was a hoax and eventually the school was cleared and the classes continued but it did cause some panic a m o n g e v e r y o n e . There have also been events that don’t just affect one school or just one area, but they affect everyone. For example, the space shuttle The Challenger explosion in January of 1986, the terrorist attack of September 11, and the shooting in Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012. These are all events that people remember throughout their lives because they see how many people were hurt and how many lives are permanently changed. Former Wakefield student, Heather Comeau said “Something that really sticks out to me was when the Challenger blew up. Just how tragic it was, I remember when they announced it everyone was just shocked.” Both negative and positive events happen everywhere. How a community handles them helps define who they are; Wakefield has had horrible things happen, but it’s also had really great and lovely t h i n g s t o o . One important event that seniors go through is graduation. When the school first opened up in 1952, the students graduated in the football field or in the gym, if it happened to be raining; now they go to Constitution Hall. Although where they graduate isn’t important, it’s an exciting and memorable moment regardless of where it is held. Another big change that has happened through out the years is how much diversity there is now. Former Wakefield student Mary Thacker said “Back when I was a student things were different… the majority of the students were black or white, now there are all types of different races and it’s amazing.” Thacker also said mentioned that school sprit has gone down incredibly.
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