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The Eagle's Tale

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The Eagle's Tale

A blast into the past: old and new traditions

Sean Buck
The gym state championship trophies from the previous years.

The drums pound the hallways, purple streaks the air. Students gather together, arguing on which class will win. Pep-rallies. They have been in school since the beginning, changing and adapting as the world changes. Traditions. Old and new. Entering the school with the recently created Meet the Eagles, and ending an era of their life walking the halls of their old elementary schools. Various traditions the school has founded which keeps this high school different from others. 

1991 Yearbook, senior mosts.

Ever since the school was created, various traditions swarmed the hallways. Old traditions such as bonfires before football games have been replaced with themed pep-rallies. While others have stuck around, such as senior superlatives going from being named most beautiful to most scholarly.

“There’s always been a big sense of pride always wearing purple,” physics teacher and Canyon High alum Tara Sloan said. “There’s still a sense of school pride and wearing purple. I mean, there’s not a day of the week I don’t see a kid with a Canyon Eagle shirt on.”

Since Canyon was first established in 1902, there have always been traditions. Parades, get togethers, etc. At Canyon High school, it stays with the students forever, keeping students excited to finally reach the final stretch of school.

1991 yearbook, band.
1991 yearbook, cheer
1991 yearbook, events

“It becomes a part of you,” ASL teacher Traci Prather said. “When you’re an eagle, there’s certain things I think the younger students look forward to when they arrive here at the high school level.”

In 1907, the first ever students graduated from CISD which consisted of 4 girls and 2 boys, slowly growing to be what it is today over 200 students .

In 1960, the original Canyon High burned down creating what is now known as Canyon Junior High School. Even then, traditions such as bonfires took place bringing the Eagles even closer together. Now, the student body that was once close-knit is beginning to drift apart.

The first ever Eagle’s Tale newspaper to be published alone, no longer being part of the Canyon News.
The first ever Eagle’s Tale newspaper to be published alone, no longer being part of the Canyon News.

“I miss just the involvement of the students in the different clubs,” business teacher Marcie Cook said. “I just don’t think we have as many or as much involvement as we used to.”

Today, the lack of contribution from the students is growing. Mass numbers are dropping out of school activities such as band, choir, sports, and various others. That has been happening for years, at least once a week a student threatens to leave their teams. Yet still, they find a place elsewhere, and try new things.

“Canyon High offers a place for everybody, for everybody to fit in,” Prather said. “There’s something for everybody. It doesn’t matter if it’s chess club, if it’s volleyball, softball, if it’s theater, ASL or Spanish. Kids have a place where they fall into those traditions, that it makes them feel the traditions, make people belong.”

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Alexis Martinez
Alexis Martinez, Staff Reporter
Hey there! I am Alexis Martinez, a junior this year, and will be taking on my second year on the newspaper staff. This year I am hoping to create some great stories to share with the Canyon community. A little about me is that my favorite animals are ducks, I love the color green, and find writing and reading very fun. I hope you enjoy all of the stories I have to bring! Ttyl!
Sean Buck
Sean Buck, Editor-in-Chief
Hey y’all, I’m Sean. I’m a senior here on campus and this will be my 4th year to be a part of the journalism department and 3rd year on Eagle’s Tale Staff.  I’m very passionate about newspaper and what is published as I see all the work that goes into each story from start to finish. A few things to know about me is I love to watch Grey's Anatomy and spend time with my family and friends. Arguably, I am one of the biggest Swifties here at Canyon High School but that is just my opinion. Well, that’s enough about me, I hope you enjoy our content.

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