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.
Cellular devices have become a big topic conversation over the past several years. According to a 2017 study study done by the Pew Research Center, 54 percent of teens ages 13-17 worry that they use their phones too much. You’ve seen them, walking around campus with their heads down, staring into their screens. Maybe you’re one of them. The fact is, there are students across the country and at BL who are addicted to their phones and can never put them down. In response, the upper school implemented a new policy at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year: every teacher has phone pouches in their room and students have to store their phones there during class.
Walking through the hallways at Boys’ Latin, it is hard to miss the debates about fantasy football each week. According to nfl.com, fantasy football first started in the United States in 1962 when the Oakland Raiders part owner Wilfred “Bill the Gill” Winkenbach developed a system of organization and a rulebook for an eight man fantasy football league. Since then, fantasy football spread across the country. Fantasy football drafts have changed the way people watch the sport, and it has sparked weekly conversations among fans.