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High School – 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History
June 12th, 2012 by Jessica

Week 45. High School. Describe your middle and/or high school. Was it a large or small student body? Is the school still in existence today? How has it changed since you went there?

Bridgeport Bearcat

Bridgeport Bearcat

I attended Bridgeport Middle School from 1988-1991.  Our mascot was the Bearcat.  It housed students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades during my tenure across two floors.  It always seemed to me that the school was huge compared to the number of classes it held.  There were three gymnasiums and a massive recess area out back where we spent our lunch hour every day.

BMS introduced me to the idea of a Home Room – a period at the beginning of the day when we received announcements and instructions for the first 15 minutes or so.  My Home Room was in classroom 111.  We then moved from one period to the next, switching teachers throughout the day starting in 6th grade.  Our schedules were given to us.  We weren’t allowed to pick which classes we wanted until High School.  They rotated us through various skill classes for 6 week time slots such as Home Economics, Cooking, Wood Shop, Metal Shop, Typing, Gym and the like.  After I left BMS, Bridgeport changed their structure to support grades 1-4 in Elementary school and grades 5-8 in Middle school.

Jessica's Junior Year ID Card

Jessica's Junior Year ID Card

Harry High.  That’s what most people called Heritage High School while I attended from 1991 through 1995.  It is located at 3465 N Center Road in Saginaw, Michigan.  My father moved us from Bridgeport to Saginaw Township so I could attend Heritage instead of Bridgeport High School, which was filled with drugs and crime.  Heritage was fairly new when I started attending.  The Saginaw Township School District closed Eisenhower and one other school, combining them to create one central school for the area. I think we were the fifth graduating class for Heritage; the first official full graduating class had finished the year before I arrived.

Stock Photo of HHS

Stock Photo of HHS

HHS was laid out in three massive circular domes connected to a central circle dome where the gymnasium was housed.  Prom was in the gym, as were all of our student pep ralleys.  There wasn’t a straight wall in the building.  Most of the classrooms had access to the outside of the building but we rarely used those doors.  The teachers kept them closed unless we were venturing outside for a class activity.

The lockers were inside the central circle and were double stacked – top and bottom.  My locker was the very first one you saw when you walked into the school, in the first bank on the lower left.  We kept the same locker all four years we were in the school.  My locker was clean and always tidy.  I don’t recall ever hanging pictures or fun things inside like so many of my 90′s classmates did.

Our mascot was the Hawk and our colors were Navy Blue and Kelly Green.  We were considered a Class A school with 357 graduating seniors in the class of 1995.  I was #57/357 in the ranks as far as GPA goes.  I graduated with double honor chords.  I think we had somewhere around 1,300 students on average. The school hasn’t changed too much since I was there, except there seems to be a lot more crime in the area now than 20 years ago.  I think that might be true everywhere.

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