Thursday, May 7, 2015

365 Project - Day 127 - "High School"


May 07, 2015 - "High School"

Feeling a bit nostalgic today... as I just came across a bunch of relics from high school, including my old high school jacket. It was a birthday gift from my Grandfather (my mother's father) when I was a sophomore.

University High School in Orlando, Florida was a phenomenal school. It was brand-new... and my first day as a high school student was the first day that the school was "in business", so-to-speak. It was an absolutely beautiful campus and the entire school was "state of the art". There were things there that were virtually unheard of in high schools at the time - including a full television studio (TV Production was one of the electives offered), science rooms filled with microscopes and lab stations... and the simple fact that just about every classroom had at least one computer.

The whole school was centered around a beautiful courtyard with a clocktower as it's focal-point. It was there that we'd gather and meet up with friends. It was wonderful!

Our art department was the best! The art rooms were amazing and we had access to supplies that most art students in other schools only dreamt of. Our school participated in a lot of art exhibits and juried competitions - and 9 out of 10 times it was a UHS student who took home "Best in Show".

Our band was one of the best in the state - if not THE best... and frequently won awards. In the mid-90s they marched in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. As far as I know the UHS band is still considered one of the best in the state today.

Our football team - on the other hand - absolutely sucked... but we had the nicest stadium of any high school in Florida in the early-90s! Games were usually packed... and, for the away games there was a couple of "Cougar Pride" buses that students could use in order to attend... so we usually had a full crowd at away games that sometimes rivaled the opponent's home crowd.

A friend of mine recently visited the campus and sent me photos. Twenty-five years have passed and it's still a beautiful place. It has grown, too. What was once a middle school across the street has now been absorbed into the high school to serve as an extension of the campus. Security is tight... and gone are the days of the gates being left open.

So much time has passed... yet so many memories remain!

Now I'm going back to cleaning. I wonder what else I will find!

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