The memories of attending High School in the small town of Roswell, New Mexico sparked thoughts of the good, the bad, and the ugly moments growing up. There were two main public high schools, Goddard High and Roswell High. They of course, like most cities, have rivalry battles between the two schools, usually centered around football. Just down the street from the Roswell Country Club there were definitely class differences bounded by various social groups at the school. I transitioned here from Sierra Middle School which had a similar structure, social groupings, flow and base.
I loved my high school – I was very enthusiastic with Dr. Massey’s Introduction to Anthropology, Ski Club, French Club, French class, computer science, biology, natural sciences, and the whole lot. I fondly remember ski trips and my French club’s trip to Quebec. I remember performing magic shows in the auditorium as a fundraiser for the trips. I loved most of the classed, but I however did not like Math. But who does, really? I embraced the sciences, dove into skiing, bicycling, and French, played clarinet in the High School band. I never cared for the team sports like basketball or football. This isolated me a bit. But I was one of the Enchanted Hills kids who flowed between various social groups between the jocks, the nerds, and the outcasts so my aversion to P.E. (Physical Education) was okay. I was friend to most, and enemy to less than I could count on a hand – and those usually centered around dating games, girls, and jealous ex-boyfriends.
As memory served, the school did its job and was successful at least with me, as I had great teachers and curriculum. If I remember right, the school was even appropriate with Sex Education even though controversial at the time. Back in the 80’s, encouraged by movies like War Games, it was a stepping stone to learning hacking, as the school’s protocols were simplified with passwords written on post-it notes in desk drawers. As the internet was only being invented when I was in school, if you mastered DOS and bulletin board systems you found your way around their systems. The school didn’t have to really worry about security in the 80’s. They were advanced with training computing which was spectacular. We didn’t have the problems schools have now. But that changed towards the end of 1986 graduation, as I do remember school security constantly evolving and locking down. They of course in the 80’s were mainly concerned with truancy rather than drugs, guns, and bullying like today. I belonged to the Class of 1986. It was a fond mile marker in my life. School Proms, assemblies, and activities were actually favorable memories though maybe not so much at the time. School crushes. Learning flirtation, dating, and making out under the bleachers. The All American high school experiences were definitely part of my history. Ever so true were the high school parties and activities we had resembling films like Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, and Better Off Dead. I had a John Hughes themed four years at Goddard. I dove into New Wave, 80’s, and pre-Gothic music as my inspiration. We were adventurous and knew how to have fun. Parties in the Missle Silos, repelling into caves in the desert, treks to Sitting Bull Falls, Carlsbad Caverns, and skiing in Riodoso. The fond memories of the Gotcha team as we played T.A.G. on campus with toy guns with plunger bullets and not having to worry about security freaking out. Those were the days.
Robert H. Goddard High School was named after Robert Hutchings Goddard, the rocket pioneer that Roswell was infamous for (before the alien craze of course). The school was founded in 1965, only three years before I was born. The school is one of the major facets of the Roswell Independent School District. They boast the rocket as their mascot, with Columbia blue and white as the school colors. Most of the classrooms are underground as the school was built as a bomb shelter in case of nuclear war. The cafeteria, auditorium, and other larger assembly rooms were built on ground level. Since I attended, the school has massively expanded, with a large swimming pool I believe as an addition. I have not re-wandered the halls, so unsure of the current mutation. The classes embraced 9th through 12th grade. 2010 ethnicity composition was 60% white, 37% Hispanic, 2% African American, and 1% American Indian/Alaskan Native/Pacific Islander according to Wikipedia.
Rated: 5 of 5 stars. ~ Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions ~
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