Yearbooks Over the Decades

By Briana Snyder and Nathan Rolls

The history of Salisbury High School yearbooks is a rollercoaster comprising of many ups, downs, and loops. Starting in 1968, and only appearing in few yearbooks after, lied Salisbury’s school crest. In 1968, there were 116 students that graduated from Salisbury, compared to today’s graduates, 154.

In the 1970s, they featured a class known as Industrial Arts, and taught students how to make basic items that exemplified necessary skills in carpentry and electrical field. This was a class that ran until the mid 1980s until the future career program, now called LCTI, was established.

In the 1980s, students benefited starting this year with a co-op program for seniors. Many took part in this program, which allowed, and still allows students to experience the “working world,” while still attending a half-day at the high school. Students must maintain acceptable grades and conduct in order to participate.

In 1990, a bonfire was held the night before the homecoming game, where awards were handed out and people were honored. This was very important to the seniors, because as one student put it “It meant even more because we were with our friends, having the greatest time.”

In the year of 2000, Salisbury had their own ice hockey team which competed against challenging teams around the area such as Phillipsburg, Northampton, and Freedom. This ice hockey team was not financially supported by the Salisbury High School, and each player had to use their own money to pay for their equipment and chip in to cover the cost of ice time at the Lehigh Ice Center. For one hour, the fee was $225. For that reason, the team only practiced together one time a week.

In April of 2010, the PSSA tests shook many students, as it was mentioned on the second page of the yearbook. The tests lasted for a whopping 20 days, on top of regular, everyday school work. To the seniors this was the last straw, and graduation was more of a priority than the PSSAs.

Through the years, it has been evident that there have been big changes as to how school life functioned, and how students went about their ways with ever changing trends. Even the actual look of the yearbooks have changed, from a stamp with our school’s crest to a cover with more of a digital design, and how the pages were designed from front to back. We’ll just have to see how this year’s EYAS Yearbook will turn out and what changes it will bring!

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