William Whalen


When I was in school everyone was everyone's friend. It was like one big group. When I was in school – everybody had short hair and crew cuts. It's kind of funny see - you watch "Happy Days" on T. V.? That's sort of like we were you know. Everyone was alike, everyone wore letter sweaters and we had loafers and white socks and skinny ties. Now I think everyone - you know with the late sixties and do your own thing. I think everyone has gone their own way. It's just like a big splurge.

When Groveton first opened in '57 there were a couple of gangs -Mt. Vernon used to be our strongest rival in everything There were the people that actually wore black leather jackets and the hair all slicked down, the chains, and stuff. They really did have some fights. They had hot rods and stuff like that, but by the time I went to school, in '59, '60, '61 that all began to disappear.

We had Saturday football games - Saturday afternoons at 2:00 – it was over at 4:00.

Saturday afternoon football?

I don't know, it's a lot of fun -it's like college. It's warmer and you get a lot more people because many parents go places Friday night -that's their night out. I'm under the opinion that your sports program is meshed in with your spirit. If you don't have good athletics and if you don't promote it and if you don't try to sell it to the students, you're going to have poor athletic teams -poor spirit.

Enrollment doesn't go up because there are a lot of families --their children have already gone through school and they have no more children. So we don't get the families that move in with kids because families are not selling. It's a very stable community. People say it's transient but it's really not.

I didn't really come back to Groveton. After I went away to college and graduated in '68 I applied to Fairfax. I got a job at McLean High School, which is as far away from Groveton as I think you can get. I worked there for 3 years, and then McLean destaffed. Their enrollment went down and they let some teachers go. I started working at Bryant and then I got destaffed from Bryant because they had to build on it, and all of Bryant went over to Hayfield and Walt Whitman. Luckily there was a counseling position open here so I finally after 11 years wound up back where I started from.

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