by Thomas Kummer
Every day you walk through these halls, you carry out the same routine from your freshman year all the way to your senior year. Nothing seems to change, from the paint on the walls to the books on the shelves.
Anyone who been in North Attleboro High School might ask themselves, has anything changed over the past 30 years? Well, more than ten teachers currently employed at NAHS are former alumni who still remember walking through the halls from the early 1980s all the way the the later 2000s. Through their anecdotes and past experiences, we can understand how NAHS was in the past and compare to today’s iteration of the High School.
In the years from 1980 to 1984, Mr. Kurt Kummer, today’s Athletic Director, was a student in North Attleboro High School. He remembers how there were fewer AP classes than today’s Psychology, Calculus, Physics and more. Instead, the school had a wide variety of shop classes down by the math rooms and the big janitor’s closet. Auto shop, wood shop, and metal shop were all possible due to the “funding. We had more money back then to do things unlike today.”
Mr. Kummer also says, “There was a senior game room. Seniors could go to this room and play pool or air hockey during school.” Although we had more money, Mr. Kummer says that there are more opportunities for kids now. “Not everyone had a chance to succeed, but nowadays kids get two, three, four chances.”
Mr. Herber graduated from NAHS in 1991 and is now a History teacher and sports coach for the Red Rocketeers. Not much has changed for students, he says.
“The students’ behavior is still the same. They think the same and do the same things as when I was in school.”
One change, however, are the senior and freshman pits. Because the freshman class was much bigger, freshmen ate lunch in the now senior pit while the seniors dined where the freshmen currently eat. Outside the senior pit is now an outside seating area, which previously functioned as a place for legal smoking on school grounds.
Later in the decade, in 1999, Mr. Mulkerrins studied for his classes as a high school student. A notable difference during Mr. Mulkerrins’ years was that students had no assigned rooms for study period. Instead, all the kids without a class went to the cafeteria and had what we refer to as SLP. Kids picked where they wanted to sit and could buy food from the cafeteria.
He also remembers, “the middle school was being constructed,” and at this time, “it was all trees and different parking lots.” Mr. Mulkerrins recalls three or four small parking lots that had “different cliques of kids (who) parked in each lot.” This is vastly foreign to today’s senior and junior lots.
Finally, just eight years ago, math teacher and coach Mr. Hart was an 18-year-old senior at NAHS. Growing up with cell phones being in the younger stages, flip phones were “not allowed to be seen at all,” Mr. Hart explains. While today, if a teacher allows it, they can be out all class. The most jarring change is that kids carry their bags everywhere. “When I was here everyone went to their lockers every period.”
Other than this, Mr. Hart claims the school hasn’t changed all that much in eight years, besides the science labs and room numbers, and the gym switching from rubber to hard wood.
If these alumni’s stories are any indication, although it seems like things don’t change as times slowly goes by, trends eventually do fade out and new things take their place.