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LOWELL HIGH SCHOOL
|graduates mark the changing times and commemorate
the shifting demographics of a city that have made it a gateway for new
immigrant groups. One hundred and fifty years of yearbooks, newspaper
clippings, and student memorabilia reflect ever evolving social norms and
"...'68 was probably the last year when the
rules were extremely strict ... it was almost as if the roof came off the
following year. "
Kathy Kelley, '68
Since its opening, Lowell High has provided a setting for interactions between young men and women from all neighborhoods and all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Its history has not always been peaceful. Lowell High has gone through periods of ethnic strain and tension, particularly at times of economic stress or dramatic demographic change. The same successes and failures experienced by the Lowell community are felt on a smaller scale at the high school.
While this experience can be troubling at times, students come away with the skills to relate to a multi-ethnic society. The net result has been a community that, more often than not, has achieved a cohesion and a collective spirit. This bonding has made Lowell successful while many of its urban counterparts are experiencing difficulty.
Despite changing times and physical settings, one thing has remained constant at Lowell High - youth, with its hopes and fears, vitality and aspirations, and, above all, vision.
"...the students tell me in 1990, that they
still eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches - the only difference is the
Rita Crowley, '31
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