the Lakeridge experience over the years


Brittany Larson on her way to LHS’s Junior Prom in 2001.

Emma Boden, Staff Reporter

Over the past month school and expectations surrounding education have changed at a rapid speed, but for some long-time Pacers they have seen many more changes over the decades.  LHS personnel’s experience as students greatly varied from that of the current generations with changes in tradition, expectation, and attitude. 

“Lakeridge has become more diverse and more accepting of people of all types than when I went to school here, which makes me really happy to see as a staff member,” said Brittany Larson, history teacher. “Even though we have a long way to go with equity and diversity, I honestly have to say that it is less homogenous now than it used to be.” 

The transition from student to LHS staff has been marked with alterations in stylistic features of the school and daily attire. For Larson apparel trends included platform flip flops, North Face fleeces, hooded sweatshirts, toe rings, and choker necklaces. 

LHS’s current layout may seem normal to current students but there have been several changes to the interior in the past twenty years.  

“The building was remodeled after I graduated.  The administrative and counseling offices used to be down where the social studies classes are now.  The old auditorium and choir rooms were located where my current office now sits.” said counselor Brent Prasnikar. 

LHS has seen a variety of remodels, peer groups, and traditions as trends, acceptable actions, and circumstances changed over the decades. 

“ Every year, the senior class would have a sleepover out on what is now the JV baseball field,” said Diane Long, English teacher. “There was always a powderpuff football tournament in the spring where classes would compete against each other.” 

Over the years LHS has not only lost traditions cherished by students but also ideals that are now frowned on by society such as the smoking section shared by staff and students that was once in the

With alterations to social expectations over the years came the elevation of instructional worth to the LHS community. Exchanging a central community for intellectual pursuit. 

“There was not the focus on grades/AP classes that there is now. We learned a lot and worked hard, but we also had a lot of fun,”  said Long. “ There was a lot of school pride–everyone would attend sporting events, theater productions.We didn’t have the internet/social media, so we had a lot more time to spend together doing activities.”