New school traditions await on horizon

By the Advocate Editorial Board
June 3, 2010 at 1:03 a.m.

Time moves on, and with it, traditions come and go. In this case, Memorial High School's 10 years fostered many memories and traditions for its past and present students, and it ended classes Thursday. Graduation ceremonies take place today at 8 p.m.

We salute Memorial High School and its graduates as they move forward in their endeavors. The 2010 graduates will be the last for the high school, as it closes to make way for two new high schools, East High School and West High School, opening in fall.

Ironically, Memorial High School was born after school trustees voted to consolidate Victoria High School and Stroman High School. Memorial opened in fall 2000. The move helped the Victoria school district meet state education agency requirements. With the two older high schools, the district was faced with implementing a more equal number of ethnic populations at each high school campus. However, with a north-south division at the time and the location of the high schools, the task was insurmountable.

The district also was faced with overcrowding and needed new schools or consolidation to solve the problem. The easy and financially easy fix was to consolidate and then work toward new schools and better-drawn lines for attendance.

So 10 years after its creation, we see Memorial High School come to an end. These final days are sad to think about, but the many students who attended will always have the memory of their school, which served its purpose.

They are a unique group of students, who will always remember the days when Victoria had a single high school.

Now, we embark on a new era for the Victoria school district.

Two spanking new high schools in an east-west division will accommodate the student population and achieve equal populations of ethnic groups.

New football and other sports teams, bands, cheerleading groups, drill teams, academic clubs and more will be created. In other words, new traditions are at hand.

The students who attend these high schools are lucky to be in on the ground floor.

The graduating classes of East and West high schools in 2011, of course, will have come from Memorial High School.

But they will always claim their new alma mater. "Alma mater" is Latin for "nourishing mother," and these new schools promise to nourish on a high degree.

We stand proud of our new schools and await the traditions that bring Victoria residents joy, entertainment and a feeling of well-being.

We think the first graduating class and the juniors, sophomores and freshmen are lucky to be the first group to pass through the halls of these schools.

This passage in itself will be a bond for these students all their days.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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