School debates half sized lockers for underclassmen

New Lockers Installed on First Floor

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School debates half sized lockers for underclassmen

New lockers, chosen by Scott Jesperson, Assistant Principal, have been installed on the first floor

New lockers, chosen by Scott Jesperson, Assistant Principal, have been installed on the first floor

Cora Bern-Klug

New lockers, chosen by Scott Jesperson, Assistant Principal, have been installed on the first floor

Cora Bern-Klug

Cora Bern-Klug

New lockers, chosen by Scott Jesperson, Assistant Principal, have been installed on the first floor

Anton Buri and Katrina Scandrett

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Now that lockers are installed on the first floor, City High is debating having half sized lockers on the second and third floor.

“It’s really up to the district. They have said that we can move forward with replacing those as well, and that could mean this summer,” Jespersen said. “There’s some suggestions out there that maybe next we go to a half size locker [on the second and third floor] so we can try to go to an one-to-one ratio on lockers.”

After having packed up their materials and cleared their lockers, first floor locker occupants have received their own sort of holiday gift. Over winter break, the first floor lockers have undergone their first ever renovation.

“I wanted a locker that City High alumni and City High students and families would walk past and be proud of,” Scott Jespersen, Assistant Principal and coordinator of the project, said.

All first floor lockers, with the exception of those in the C-wing (the hallway above the cafeteria) and those in the Language Arts hallway are being replaced – and with a little extra flare too.

“I had the opportunity to put something on the lockers: the new ones have a Little Hawk, put on by a plasma cutter, and they have a red plate on the back,” Jespersen said.
The crown, or strip of color lining the crease between the wall and ceiling in the main hallway, is also in the process of being repainted. The current burgundy color is being replaced by a red that better matches the school colors.

The reason behind the change in the lockers is not solely cosmetic.

“The fact is, there are no longer any of the parts available for the lockers that we have in the building. So if an old locker breaks, the mechanisms inside can no longer be fixed or replaced,” Jespersen said.

Outdated parts, along with City High’s increasing enrollment have really pushed this plan into action.

“Actually we’re going to end up gaining quite a few lockers. We’ll see a number of new lockers in the math wing,” Jespersen said.

Some students are frustrated with the midyear renovation, but look forward to the outcome.

“It is a hassle to have to move all my stuff out of my locker, just because I have a lot of stuff in there; it’ll be like the last day of school all over again,” Dacey Messinger ‘15 said. “I’m really excited for them to be bigger though.”

The old lockers were in place since the construction of the building in 1937. Jespersen kept this in mind as he made plans for the new lockers.

“Whenever you’re making a significant change to a historical landmark, you want to be very sensitive to the changes that you’re making,” he said.

As for the future of these new lockers?

“I was told I’d better be careful with picking out what [lockers] I put in, because they are going to be there a really long time!” Jespersen said. “I imagine if the lockers we have now have been here for 70 some years, we’re going to have them for quite some time.”