Traditions at Highland
Written by Barbara Wilkes, former Highland Athletic Director
Former Highland Athletic Director Barbara Wilkes, right, with Lower School Director Lise Hicklin
When I started teaching at Highland School in 1974, the Blue/Gold Competition was run by Barbara Woolman. At that time, it was strictly an athletic competition. Fourth and fifth grade boys and girls played in soccer games in the Fall and sixth through eighth grade boys and girls competed in soccer and field hockey.
In 1974, Blue/Gold was Athletics Only
That Spring, the boys played a baseball game and the girls played soccer. The final Blue/Gold competition was field day. Field day events were the dash, shot put, softball throw, high jump, obstacle course, long jump, distance and the relays. Ribbons were given out for first through fourth place. Also, a trophy was awarded to the Blue and Gold girl and boy earning the most points during the field day competitions.
At the end of the year, there was an awards banquet held at St. James Episcopal Church where ribbons for field day and the trophies for most points and academic awards were given out. At the end of this banquet, the winning team for the year was announced. The Captain for each team was picked strictly by who had the highest grade point average and there was only one captain per team.
Co-Captains Added in the Late 1970’s
In the late 1970’s, the faculty decided it would be best if there was a Co-Captain. The Captain was the student on each team that had the highest grade point average and the Co-Captain was the person of the opposite sex that had the highest grade point average. The other competitions stayed the same. In the 1980’s, the faculty added sportsmanship alongside high academics to be part of how the captain was chosen.
As student numbers increased, the soccer throw was added to the list of Field Day events. In the late 1980’s, lacrosse was added as a Spring sport and that replaced baseball and girls soccer. As the school grew, the banquet wasn’t a possibility and we separated the Field Day Awards from the Academic Awards Night.
We add two more places for each Field Day so first through sixth place were awarded and handed out at the end of each event. The trophies for most points earned were handed out at the end of field day and the winning team was announced. Also the high jump was dropped as an event.
In the late 1990’s the pep rally was added and Andy Morgan started the Spirit of the Hawk award. The Blue/Gold Competition stayed this way until 2003 when I started teaching computers. I believe it is pretty much the same now. Field Day was renamed Barbara Wilkes Field Day when I retired in 2007.
This article was originally written by Barbara Wilkes, former Highland School Athletic Director and Physical Education teacher, for the Fall 2014 issue of Highland Magazine.
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