The final month: Class of 1977 grad looked upon Germantown High with ‘awe’

 A 1915 postcard image of Germantown High School. (Courtesy of Germantown Historical Society)

A 1915 postcard image of Germantown High School. (Courtesy of Germantown Historical Society)

Joseph Paige, member of Germantown High School’s Class of ’77, added his thoughts about his time at the school in the comments of another “The Final Month” series entry.

They painted such a unique picture that it warranted a post of its own.

Here’s what he had to say:

“When I was growing up on Duval Street, I always looked at GTown in awe! The colors, the sports and, of course, the cheerleaders!

“The students seemed so smart. I was so proud to graduate from there instead of the brand spanking-new MLK H.S. that had just opened. It was like Iraq there and GHS was so cool!

“I was one of a handful of tenth graders who were able to leave King and come to the G. Those students, and a few of the 11th graders, are STILL my closest friends 36 years later! I had a great time there and received a great education.

“I was able to receive a football scholarship which opened up a new world for me and got me out of the hood. After college, I went back and taught math there and coached with my coaches Charlie Hicks and Mike Hawkins, whom helped mold me into the man that I have become.

“I will always be grateful to them and all my teachers and coaches for teaching and allowing me to become a leader.

“Today, I am [Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Central Connecticut State University]. Bear Green will live FOREVER!”

As the final day of Germantown High School’s 99-year history approaches — the Class of ’13 will don caps and gowns next Wednesday — NewsWorks will present a series of stories including interviews with grads and former students.

We want to hear from graduates and former or current students who wish to share their favorite memories from their time at the 99-year-old building.

To that end, we’re asking you to send your memories via email (subject line: My GHS Memories), post them in the comments section or call (215) 351-1293.

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