First class graduates from East High School
June 3, 2011 at 1:03 a.m.
Minutes before they would become the first class to graduate from East High School, principal Greg Crockett indulged the seniors in a familiar battle cry.
"East side," he yelled.
"Beast side," the students echoed back.
The crowd that packed Memorial Stadium was just as pumped to see the ruby red trail of robes that stretched all the way from the football field to the old Memorial High School.
As "Pomp and Circumstance" played in the background, each of the 351 graduating Titans marched in front of family, friends and even West High School loyalists.
The first couple of speeches by Titan students revealed the Class of 2011's hesitation to start anew in split schools for their senior year. But, their Titan pride could not have been any more evident on that last day, as they celebrated their status as the first East High School Titan graduating class.
We asked a few graduates what was the best part about attending the new high school for their senior year. Here's what they had to say.
"I think all the hype - who's going to be better at sports. The rivalry with East and West, it gives you something to look forward to, knowing you have someone over there that's trying to represent the same town you are."
"The new equipment. The theater room, we have a lot of stuff we didn't have (at Memorial High School). The curtains are brand new, they weren't falling off ... We had access to all kinds of things we didn't have access to before."
"It's less crowded. In the hallways, you wouldn't have much room. Now we can go down different sides of the stairs, and you won't bump into anyone, get in a scuffle."
"I'd say it's rivalries. East and West - it's competitive. It's fun ... We gotta be better than them."
"The new school, new technologies. There's new everything now - mascots, school colors, traditions, songs."