West Springfield High School - Olympian Yearbook (Springfield, VA)

 - Class of 1986

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West Springfield High School - Olympian Yearbook (Springfield, VA) online yearbook collection, 1986 Edition, Page 293
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Growing and improving almost two decades of tradition at WSHS he Bfatlcs Mustang convertibles. Space walks. Vietnam. Familiar, yet distant memories from the past. For most students at WSHS, 1967 was before their me. In fact, it was practically before the hool ' s time. Early in 1966, Mr. S. John Davis was ap- jinted as the principal of the soon-to-be- ected West Springfield High School. Along ith assistant principals Frank C. Kley and /illim E. Jackson, he worked out of a small of- ce at Lee High School to prepare for the open- g of the sixteenth high school in Fairfax ounty. WSHS was not completed by fall, however, classes met on a staggered schedule from 0:30 am until 4:45 pm at Lee. Clubs were ' ■ganized, athletic teams were formed, and lusical groups were assembled. One of the first tasks of the new student body as choosing a school emblem, colors, and leme. School colors — navy blue and burnt range — and the Spartan mascot became sym- ols of WSHS, the students, and their spirit. Construction was completed later that year, id the Spartans moved into the WSHS uilding on January 30, 1967. Students were let at the door by the pep band and baton )rps, and classes began soon after with no lapse I the schedule. Davis was quoted as describing ke entire event as " unique, " a characteristic bannon Sullivan, freshman: A good quality school, jch a.s West Springfield, allows students the oppor- init) ti > get into good colleges. that has remaineil a pan ut the school to ihis day. Mr. S. John Davis continued to heati the school for the rest of the year before moving on to a higher position in the Fairfax County school system. He was replaced by Mr. Frank C. Kley, who led the Spartans until 1970 as they im- proved and expanded the school. Supported by an administrative staff that included Mr. John Creigh, Mr. Stanley Fant, Mr. Donald Ford, Mr. Larry Gatlin, and Mr. Thomas Hyer, Kley helped the school to obtain a wider variety a. The sixties ' cern for dress con- and good manners is back.^^ Mr. Lou De Carlo of courses, sports, and activities. In 1970, Kley was replaced by Mr. Ray Volrath. Volrath held the principal ' s position at WSHS until August of 1980, when Mr. George Stepp took over. Mr, Stepp soon established a reputation for himself as a firm but just leader. By quickly and decisively solving several controversies in his first year, Stepp quickly earned the respect ot Brett Griffin, sophomore: With the expansion of the area, the schools are becoming overcrowded. West Springfield has partially solved the problem with boundary changes. everyone involved with the school. Athletic achievements included the basket- ball teams participation in the AAA state tour- nament for three straight years (1972,73,74), and the football team ' s advancement to the 1980 state finals, among others. Academically, the zenith was considered by many to be the naming of Mrs. Jewell Alex- ander as the 1985 Virginia teacher of the year. But virtually all departments of the school have been recognized for their excellence, as the drama and English departments were this year by the NCTE. For many, though, the best memories were made " |ust around school. " English teacher Mr. John Natale described, " My third period class of 1983-84 hired ' Honey Bunny, ' a live birthday-gram to come to my class and perform — one of life ' s great experiences. " As WSHS, its staff, and its students bring the 1985-86 school year to a close, there is a chance to look back upon almost twenty years of academic, athletic and social activity. " Students now are much like those before the Hippie era, " commented English department head Ms. Creta Payne. French teacher Mr. Lou DeCarlo agreed. " The 60 ' s concern for dress and good manners is back. " With almost two decades under its prover- bial belt, WSHS and all the people associated with it can look forward to many more years of the changes, achievements, and memories that are integral to a high school. — TroyS.hni«Ur Jacki Ponti, senior: A class isnt really united until senior year. When they become seniors, you can tell people have come a long way because the separate " cliques " disappear. Hisior)ofWSHS / Zoy

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