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6/18/2013 11:04:00 AM
Photos of Williams graduates on display at high school
Williams High School Principal Tristan Heisley hangs posters of former graduating classes in the entrance to the school. Ryan Williams/WGCN
Williams High School Principal Tristan Heisley hangs posters of former graduating classes in the entrance to the school. Ryan Williams/WGCN

Marissa Freireich
Williams-Grand Canyon News Reporter


Pictures of Williams High School (WHS) graduating classes are now hanging in the school's entrance once again.

Students and staff are in the process of redoing posters of each graduating class, which had hung in the entrance of the school until construction began on the roof around 2008 or 2009.

"A lot of them got broken or damaged. They never got put back up," said Tristan Heisley, WHS principal. "Since they came down I've heard it so many times, people come into this school and they come around the corner and they go, 'Where are the pictures?'"

About two years ago, Heisley, who at the time was teaching a journalism class, started working with his students to scan photos of the former students. Then they formatted the size of the photos and put the students from each graduating class onto a poster.

So far, they've finished 35 years of graduating classes that date back to 1958, although some years are missing.

Heisley said he hopes the journalism class this year will continue with the project.

"Eventually we'll have them all," he said. "This will be nice for all the alums."


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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Article comment by: Good job!!

Some pictures were vandalized years ago when a student broke into the school and tore up pictures. Sad . Glad to see this traditon brought back. Kudos

Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Article comment by: Bobby Patricca

I remember a handful of years ago I went in and looked for the pictures to see if my class (2004, ironically the class shown closest in the picture with the article. 4th row, 2nd from right!) had been put up yet, and couldn't believe that they were all taken down. Mega kudos, Principal Heisley, for making this happen! The alumni appreciate it!



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