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Greece Arcadia 78 FS

As our 35th reunion approaches in September 2013, I thought I'd start a fun stuff page about good old Greece Arcadia High School. 

I found some pictures that my dad took at the graduation.  I honestly don't remember too much about the whole thing other than it was hot and I couldn't wait to get out of the cap and gown.  I know I was happy that the weather was decent enough to hold the ceremony outside on the north side of the school.  If we had held it in the gym I suspect it would have felt like an oven.  Another thing I recall is that after the ceremony I forgot to turn in the Top Ten Percent sash and the school called on Monday looking for it.  Although I never made some ridiculous vow to "never step foot in the school" again, I really hadn't planned on being there two days later apologizing for just getting out of the gown and tossing it all in the car.  Below is a gallery of the pictures my dad took.


One of my extracurricular that I really enjoyed was writing for the school newspaper, the Arcadian Reed.  I had gotten interested in writing a bit in junior high when I did a sort of "Point - Counter Point" this about draft dodging with the editor of our junior high paper, the Britton Banner.  In the fall of 1977, I wrote the piece below about fire drills at our school.  Wow did that get both me and the newspaper advisor, Tony Ruggeri, in a bit of hot water with the administration.  In my entire time at Greece Arcadia, I was only in the principal's office once and it was to get chewed out over this article.  After listening to about 5 minutes of his gratuitous abuse that consisted of several rhetorical questions like "do you know how many people read this outside the school" (I didn't realize our circulation was so wide), I finally asked "is there anything that is not true?"  Furious, the principal told me that he would have to start reviewing anything I wrote prior to publishing.  Needless to say he never had to as that was my last article.  I should mention this wasn't my first run in with the administration.  A couple years earlier I wrote an editorial about the need to stop illegally chaining fire doors closed.  The editorial never made the paper, but the doors were suddenly unchained.

I was certainly saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Ruggeri.  He was one of the finest educators I ever had the privilege of knowing.  I know he took some heat too but never let on.  He was the total package.  As far as the principal, Mr. Ramsey, I never took it too personally that he was angry.  I suspect he got a butt chewing from someone at the central office.  Of course, my recollection is that they never did fix fire drills to make the useful.  In fact, several years later, a kid who lived in my neighborhood in Virginia used this editorial for an English assignment and only changed the name of the school and the number of students.  She got an A.

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