1970 Foothillers Tackle Problems in Student Newspaper – La Mesa Courier
By CONNIE and LYNN BAER
The 1970s student newspaper Foothill Echoes captures the distinctive voices of students discovering themselves and their values, while enjoying the high school experience.
The May 14, 1971 article, “Do you want to get high this summer?” by Christine Albert begins:
“Got something about dew points, wing tip tops, even dry adiabatic raters?” Or maybe you would be happy to know what they mean. … Either way, if you are interested in aviation, there will be a great opportunity to dive into basic aeronautics via a course offered at Grossmont High School this summer.
“According to the instructor, Mr. Lloyd La Plant, the course will be the equivalent of a ground training program for private pilots. The 4-hour, 7-week course will provide 10 units of science credits, and students who conscientiously complete the program are typically able to pass the 4-hour written FAA exam required of all licensed pilots.
“Mr. La Plant taught the course four years ago and is well qualified to give students an insight into the world of aviation. He is a former Navy pilot and started flying in 1937. With more of 6,000 hours, he holds a commercial airplane and glider license and is an FAA certified flight instructor for airplanes and gliders. On weekends he will hover in his glider at Lake Elsinore or Torrey Pines .
“The course is open to boys and girls and 24 are now enrolled. The academic portion of the course includes theory of flight, navigation, communications, flight computer use, meteorology, air traffic control procedures, and federal aviation regulations. “
(The GHS Museum displays the flight simulator used in the classroom as well as the lesson plans used by Mr. La Plant.)
In February 16, 1973, Colin Walsh, in his letter to the editor, titled “Hypocrisy Charged,” objected to the January 19 editorial “Students alarmed,” stating:
“The article was based on opinions and unfounded assumptions.
“Many who read this will say that it was the constitutional right of the writer to express his opinions; however, he neglected his responsibility to his readers by failing to justify his opinions with logical thoughts. The stereotype used by the writer is unfair, for example: for the person who cuts his hair but who is not politically conservative.
“The article was also hypocritical in that the writer later criticizes a certain stereotypical group for racism, but racism really begins with such a stereotype. I see the editorial as an attempt to defeat success; the writer may be rationalizing his own failures or trying to pave the way for abandoning the discipline.
“In the author’s attempt to establish his liberalism, he has gone to the point of not accepting views other than his own. A true liberal is one who has a broad mind and is open to new ideas.
Finally, let me say that I am not advocating for or against any political point of view, but rather stress that tolerance of opposing points of view is necessary in any society.
Two years later, the lack of equality between men’s and women’s sports is discussed in the letter to the editor “Girls Fight Back” by Nancy Biddle in the February 14, 1975 issue of Echoes:
“I am writing in response to the guest editorial (“ Sports Equality? ”January 17, 1974) written by Jeff Ward.
“In his editorial, Jeff said the girls track and field is lucky to receive the $ 2,000 the ASB gives them because their program makes so little money for the school. I agree that we don’t run a household like he pointed out, but more importantly, we don’t run a training camp. The idea behind sports in high school shouldn’t be how much money they will make, but what participants will learn from their sports experiences …
“For the second year in a row, the women’s swim team has won the CIF, and for the second year in a row, girls have been overlooked when it comes to the badges guys receive when competing on a team winning a title. CIF. In the boys’ athletic department, those badges that guys automatically receive when they compete on a team that wins a CIF title. For girls, it’s a luxury. So the girls just worked harder to sell licorice to get the money to give our swim team imitation CIF badges (they couldn’t afford the real thing). “
Four years later in “Replant ‘G’ Tradition,” June 8, 1979 editorial Foothill Echoes, from the editorial board begins:
“At one time, Grossmont’s symbolic power was seen by all who passed on Interstate 8. Our famous ‘G’ stood out as an example of everything Grossmont stood for.
“A sense of pride, strength and power permeated the individual after seeing the giant letter, but the symbol apparently lost its meaning.
“But, now, students may even question the existence of the ‘G’s, wondering if it’s not just the imaginary ramblings of former students remembering the pride of their past. But the “G” existed.
“What was once a beautiful flower arrangement that bloomed amid the surrounding pine grove has now grown into a few ramshackle, ramshackle, overgrown bushes that blend smoothly into the canyon’s landscaping.
“For almost 100 years, student and alumni groups have tended to symbolic Foothiller Gs, whether they are on the hill behind Grossmont, on Cowles Mountain, or on the hill in front of the school. Today, the restored and lighted “Big G on the Hill” symbolizes Foothiller’s pride. For the past five years Bill Woolman, Class of 1962, has been the proud keeper of the G, demonstrated by the loving care he gives it whenever the G needs to be “refreshed”. “
Students of the 1970s lived in a time of turmoil and change, illustrated by their acceptance of the issues that preoccupied them.
Be part of our historic campus
In honor of our historic celebration of 100 years of excellence, the GHS Educational Foundation sponsors a scholarship funding program. Donors of $ 100 for 100 years will have their name, family name or company name engraved on 2 by 4 inch gray tiles, which will be displayed on the front wall of the 1937 Old Gym.
To order your tile, visit donationbricks.com/ghs100yearscholarships. To have your tile installed before our 100th anniversary celebration of the next school year, place your order by June 1, 2021.
To order a 100th anniversary hoodie or t-shirt, please visit grossmonthighschool.itemorder.com/sale. To order a 100th anniversary ornament, please write a check for $ 25 for each ornament payable to GHS Educational Foundation and mailed to Connie and Lynn Baer, 5990 Avenorra Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942.
The GHS Museum plans to reopen in May by appointment. See our website for details on booking at foothillermuseum.com. Contacts: [email protected] and 619-668-6140.
– Connie and Lynn Baer are writing on behalf of the GHS Museum.