As we all currently experience our time in high school, later in life we may look back at this time as the “good ol’ days” where we may be only had to worry about where we wanted go to college. From late night homework sessions to after school jobs, many of us have different aspects […]
As we all currently experience our time in high school, later in life we may look back at this time as the “good ol’ days” where we may be only had to worry about where we wanted go to college. From late night homework sessions to after school jobs, many of us have different aspects of our lives that make our high school experiences unique. Considering this, I sat down with three of my teachers to ask them about their high school experiences.
Science teacher Mr. Kevin Scully grew up in Cornwall, New York and attended Cornwall Central High School. The town’s population was around 10,000 people and many of his classmates in high school he knew from kindergarten and middle school.
“High school is awesome. Everybody hung out with everybody and that was the interesting thing. If you went out on a given night somewhere up town, there would be 30 cars at that given place. It wasn’t just seniors only — my senior year we hung out with the sophomores just as much as the seniors. There were no cliques — everyone hung out and that was the part I liked”.
As he wrapped up his time in high school, he realized that he didn’t want to leave high school and his home of Cornwall just yet.
“I only applied to one college, I didn’t care that much because I knew that I would go. And I didn’t even visit the school until the first day of classes”.
Some students while in school also have jobs that’s can interfere with study time. As he devoted himself to his school work, Mr. Scully also worked 30 hours a week at a bakery his junior and senior year.
“That’s a lot of time working. I didn’t do a whole lot of sleeping,” he says. “My senior year it was physics and AP Biology and all these other things on top of working 30 hours a week. It was madness”.
Despite his lack of sleep he was happy working because he knew it meant he would be able to drive out of state with his friends and see a musical artist. If he could, he would have wanted to tell his younger self to “look for more balance, don’t take certain aspects to the extreme, and sleep more.”
Another teacher I had the pleasure of interviewing was my civics teacher Mr. Vince Leporini. He was born in New Mexico and graduated from Bella Vista High School in Fair Oaks. Though he didn’t attend CB, he feels as a student he would have liked the school.
“I was really involved in school, I played soccer, I was on student government and worked during school. I think I’ve had a lot of experiences that have allowed me to connect with a lot of different types of students because I’ve had some shared experiences”.
Some teachers like Mr. Leporini look back at their high school days and understand this fun, yet challenging time, and this is what drove him to wanting to be a high school teacher.
“I had a lot of fun in high school. I enjoyed my high school experience, and that’s part of why I came back to be a teacher was to help students in this very confusing transition and to help them gain some guidance. I had a lot of great teachers and mentors that led me back to wanting to do that for the next generation.”
CB does a pretty good job of maintaining community among its alumni, and though Mr.Leporini attended a public school, he still maintains close contact with his friends and mentors from high school.
When some CB students graduate, they expect themselves to maybe return to school for a visit but maybe not return to school for a job. This was the case for football coach, track coach, and physical education teacher Mr. Larry Morla ’08, who graduated from CB in 2008 and returned to campus to become a member of staff.
“My favorite part of high school was definitely playing sports,” he recalls. “I played football, basketball, and I ran track, and that helped me meet a lot of my friends I have now still, and athletics helped me gain a lot of my best friends”.
As a student athlete, it can be hard to find balance between school and sports. I also asked Mr. Morla how he prioritized his academics while in school.
”School for me was always more important than athletics. I was a first generation college student, so it was important for me to keep my grades up and get into a college I wanted to go to. I went to San Jose State University, which is not that far from here and I was close to my family still”.
In terms of college advice for students who remain undecided about majors in college, he says he “encourages a lot of people to do their GE’s first and possibly go into school undeclared, and then figure out what you want to major in because you don’t know what you want to major in right when you come out of high school”.
Mr. Morla had no idea he would end up teaching at CB. Following leaving SJSU, he moved back to Sacramento because Bay Area housing was too expensive for him to comfortably live on his own. He started personal training in the local area and then started coaching track at CB. From there, his relationship with CB evolved into him becoming a football coach, substitute teacher, and eventually committing to a full time job.
High school teachers are allowed perspective when teaching how much they can impact students during their time in high school. CB teachers have a pretty great impact on students lives and are often the reason many students enjoy returning to campus after graduation.