Crusader Nation then and now

Miranda Rysiewicz ‘15

Photo Editor

LCN as shown in an aerial photo taken in 1975 when it was first built.

LCN as shown in an aerial photo taken in 1975 when it was first built.

In January of 1975, a new high school was set to open: L’Anse Creuse North. The school was only a portion of its current size, and the population was also about half of what it is now. Some alumni have come back to return the favor that their teachers did them by becoming teachers and passing on their knowledge. The reminisced about what LCN was like back then.

“There was no pool or turf field when I went to school here; also, we have more athletic teams now like bowling, hockey, swimming, and girls’ golf. The equipment and uniforms used now are superior to anything we had,” said social studies teacher Scott Boice, who graduated in 1994.

The total population of the school at that time was about 1,200-1,400 students with about 300 students per graduating class. The requirement for graduation was only 21 credits and they only had six classes in a day. The graduate requirement now is 26 credits and students have seven classes per day.

“We could go out to lunch if we wanted to, and even if you were a freshman, you could leave for lunch if you had junior or senior friends that would take you with them,” said art teacher Jennifer Duffield, who graduated in 1986.

The school now has a closed campus policy where students are not allowed to leave for lunch.

The school also used to have an outdoor smoking section for both students and staff. There is now a law where tobacco is not allowed anywhere on school property.

“When I was in high school, everyone had a lot of school spirit. Everybody knew everybody and administrators attended sporting events regularly. It felt more like a community than it does now,” said Duffield.

“There were still cliques just like there are today, but in my opinion, the smaller building and smaller number of students made it seem like there was a stronger sense of community/family,” said chemistry teacher Sara Strozewski, who graduated in 1993.

As the community around the school has grown and changed, the school has done the same, but it will always remain Crusader Nation.