June 2021: Class of 2021 Voices

  • Period 2, Laura Leathers holding photo
    Period 2, Laura Leathers holding photo
  • Period 2 seniors, Nicole Thren holding photo
    Period 2 seniors, Nicole Thren holding photo
  • Period 4, Michelle Fanning holding photo
    Period 4, Michelle Fanning holding photo
  • Period 6, LeAnne Ginn holding photo
    Period 6, LeAnne Ginn holding photo
  • Period 6 seniors, Todd Bell holding a photo of the Class of 1921
    Period 6 seniors, Todd Bell holding a photo of the Class of 1921

In March 2020, the lives of Grossmont’s 100th graduating class, the Class of 2021, were dramatically changed.  In the past 14 months, Foothillers have faced the challenge of distance learning as well as the challenge of transitioning from a semester to a quarter system and adjusting to the varying in person and distance learning schedules.  At the end of 2020, students could choose to return to class one day a week, in 2021 two days, and now four days a week.  At the same time, some students have continued to learn from home while the teachers teach simultaneously to those at home and those in class. 

These challenges have especially tested this year’s senior class as they face a year without the traditional senior experiences. We recently asked them  to share their thoughts with us.  

During the past 14 months, what has been the most difficult thing

about the COVID shut down for you?

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May 2021: 1970's Voices

  • 1973 Bikes and More Bikes
    1973 Bikes and More Bikes
  • 1975 Drama Students
    1975 Drama Students
  • 1975 Homecoming Court
    1975 Homecoming Court
  • 1978 Lloyd La Plant holding model airplane as an illustration in his Aero-Space class
    1978 Lloyd La Plant holding model airplane as an illustration in his Aero-Space class

The 1970s student newspaper, Foothill Echoes, captures the distinctive voices of students discovering themselves and their values, and at the same time, enjoying  the high school experience.

The May 14, 1971 article, “Want to Get High This Summer?” by Christine Albert begins, “Have a thing about dew points, wing tip vertices, even dry adiabatic lapse raters? Or maybe you’d be satisfied in just knowing what they mean….In any case, if you’re interested in aviation, there will be an excellent opportunity to delve into basic aeronautics via a course offered at Grossmont High School this summer.

According to the instructor, Mr. Lloyd La Plant, the course will be the equivalent of a ground school program for private pilots.  The 4 hour 7 week course will provide 10 units of science credits, and students who conscientiously complete the curriculum usually are able to pass the FAA 4 hour written examination required of all licensed pilots. 

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April 2021: 1960's Voices

  • 1966-67 First Girls Swim Team
    1966-67 First Girls Swim Team
  • 1968-69 Cheer Car
    1968-69 Cheer Car
  • 1963 Nominating Convention Banners
    1963 Nominating Convention Banners

Every decade has its own voice, but the 1960s decade has become iconic in multiple ways; reading the student newspaper the Foothill Echoes reminds us of the universal experiences of students finding their voices.

In the March 18, 1960 newspaper, ASB presidential candidates shared their views.  John Reutter begins metaphorically, “The stage is set, and the lights are out.  The curtain flies open and spots flash on.  Action starts.  Grossmont, you are on stage.  The spotlight of the future is focused on you.  This is no ordinary play taking place, but a real live drama.  You are the writer, the actor, and the director.  The audience is the future, your future and my future.”

He ends, “Grossmont … is no ordinary school…The reason Grossmont is no ordinary school does not lie in the gray, ivy-covered walls, but in you the student….Grossmont is no good, unless you, the student, learn well and apply what you have learned.  In the past, Grossmonters have made the most of the opportunities offered here.   Now, the opportunities are yours.  Take them.”

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March 2021: 1950's Voices

  • 1950 Our Quad at Noon, X designed by the WPA in 1937 and still exists today
    1950 Our Quad at Noon, X designed by the WPA in 1937 and still exists today
  • 1951 English Classroom in 1937 Old Main
    1951 English Classroom in 1937 Old Main
  • 1951 Track Athlete Walking Home after Practice along Murray Drive
    1951 Track Athlete Walking Home after Practice along Murray Drive
  • And They're Off!  2021 Cross Country Team in Their First Meet at West Hills
    And They're Off! 2021 Cross Country Team in Their First Meet at West Hills

The 1950s Foothill Echoes, the student newspaper, reflects Foothiller campus life during that decade as well as the impact of a changing society. In the January 11, 1950 Foothill Echoes, the column “Featuring Foothillers” begins “Ellen Wessel, 18 year old senior, is called Lena by her mother.  She is 5 foot 1 inch, has brown hair and blue-gray eyes, and plans to be a dental assistant.  While eating tacos and drinking root beer, Ellen likes to listen to “Lovely Bunch of Coconuts” by Danny Kaye and read “Seventeen”.  Ray Milland and June Allyson are her favorite movie stars and Earl Peck is her one and only.  “’My most embarrassing experience”, blushes Ellen, was once when Tad Geiger asked me what held up my strapless sundress.’”

The October 10th, 1951 first page article “Explosive Noises Are Chemists, Not Russia” reminds us of the Cold War fear that gripped the nation after World War II. “Grossmont students, who, last week, thought the Russians were attacking, don’t need to worry any more. The explosions they heard were coming from the chemistry lab where, under direction of Mr. Daggs, head of the chemistry and physics department, students were generating small quantities of hydrogen. 

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February 2021: 1940s Voices

  • 1944 G on Hill
    1944 G on Hill
  • 1945 View of GHS by William Bledsoe, Class of 1940 Edited
    1945 View of GHS by William Bledsoe, Class of 1940 Edited
  • 1947 Bobby Sock Girls
    1947 Bobby Sock Girls
  • 1948 Auto Shop Students
    1948 Auto Shop Students

Throughout the 1940s Foothill Echoes, the student newspaper articles reveal the shifting emotions of Foothillers as they faced never seen before challenges. September 10, 1940, in the column “Pick-Ups” by Ben, the students’ lightheartedness is expressed in jokes such as this one: Coach Mashin- “Have any of you boys taken a shower?” Jerry Kibbey (Freshman) - “No, is there one missing?”

A year later, the October 14, 1941, column, “Letting off Steam” by the Editor (Bob Nichols) “It’s a Record” begins “Grossmont is keeping right in the swing this year. Not only winning its football games and keeping astride with the latest fashions, the school has taken to the ultra-modern “Platter Dances” - dance a la phonograph. Boy what a line up! Kay Kyser, Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Freddy Martin, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey … where dancers sway with Sammy Kaye. Yessir! Nearly every noon in the Quad. Let’s keep it up.”

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