It’s long block on a Friday afternoon. Students are ready for the upcoming football game at 3 p.m.. The student sitting at the front desk is almost fully asleep, while the student in the back of the room is already asleep. The rest of the class is trying to think of a way to wake them both up, and soon the entire class has lost focus.
The Boys’ Latin Upper School holds a variety of assemblies throughout the school year, most of which consists of sitting down in the GAC and listening to speakers. However, Halloween is different. At the Halloween assembly, everyone gets to participate.
The 9:55 bell rings. Morning break has begun. A mass exodus of students head down the hill from the Upper School to the school store, buying bags of chips, M&Ms, sodas, and iced coffees. This journey down the hill to the school store has been a staple in the Boys’ Latin community since the early 1980s.
Fall at Boys’ Latin means a few different things: Halloween, the Bull Roast, and the St. Paul’s game. There has been a huge rivalry between the Lakers and Crusaders for decades and the game has become a big tradition between the two schools.
This year’s fall play, A Separate Peace, was performed from October 23 to October 25. Based on the classic tale written by John Knowles, the play’s theme of friendship between two private school boys felt especially relevant to BL students. On top of that, it was both Seniors Teddy Roebuck’s and Ely Shilling’s first time directing a school play.