Over the past 119 years, North Kingstown High School has changed greatly, yet it has also maintained many of the great traditions we students in 2020 hold dear. From our school festivities to our ever-changing goals, North Kingstown High School has been the place for students to evolve. Sports teams are more diverse, more opportunities are given to minorities now than ever before, clothing trends and styles have evolved, and so has the content in our school’s yearbook.
After looking through the class of 1940 to the class of 2009 yearbooks, not only did the building itself change, but the overall energy of the school changed as well. The students, activities, and overall opportunities changed.
The newer yearbooks became more reserved; previous yearbooks included numerous inappropriate jokes that would be frowned upon in today’s society. In short, more as the years have gone by, the content has been gradually censored, or societal standards changed.
More opportunities have been given to women throughout the years. Female sports teams are featured more in the newer yearbooks. Girls are now attending club meetings that were previously male-dominated.
Fashion has shifted as well. Clothing became shorter; more skin is shown nowadays. The Lighthouse Cheerleaders, now called the Skippers Cheerleaders, went from wearing ankle-length skirts to mini skirts. Men are now wearing more casual clothing. Longer hair was more popular in years past. Shorter hair is more common now.
Throughout the years of North Kingstown High School, the filtering of new students and teachers helped create the school we all know today. From the Roaring Twenties to the 2020s, NKHS has been, and will continue to be, the home of the Skippers.