Warde’s Crimson Crier: A Forgotten Piece of History

All the way back to the 60s and 70s when our school was still called Andrew Warde High School, the school newspaper still proudly published lots of articles each week highlighting the most interesting events and intriguing high school happenings. We seem to think that lots has changed since the 60s and 70s, and even though the name of our school may have changed, and the newspaper has altered its name, the topics students wrote about even over 50 years ago are still similar to what we write about now. 


The Warde Crimson Crier was the name of the old Fairfield Warde High School newspaper back when our mascot was the Crimson Crier. Now, we proudly wear the mustang as the mascot of Fairfield Warde High School. As we enter the new school year, it’s really interesting to look back upon our past not only as a newspaper, but also as a school. 


Some interesting things highlighted in one of the Crimson Crier newspapers written back in 1968, mentions a Warde radio station, where students would be able to play songs in the mornings for the school to enjoy. The same article also describes how student cafeteria monitor positions at Warde were letting students take on more responsibility. The article reads, “The initiation of the cafeteria monitor program at Andrew Warde is one of the best instances demonstrating that the administration is willing to allow the students the opportunity of accepting more responsibility.” This article was written by a student named Gary Starr. 


One article from the issue dated February 6th 1976 caught my eye because it’s very similar to another article that the Focus has just posted during my own career here as a writer. New teacher updates have been circulating on the school newspaper forever it seems. This particular article introduces a new guidance counselor to Fitts House. It reminds me of the new teacher introductions that students have posted now, decades later. The article also has a little catchphrase printed in the top left corner, “All the news that fits we print”. 


These archives are a really cool window into the past of Fairfield Warde High School, and as we continue through the 2023-2024 school year, it’s nice to reflect and see the history of Warde and the newspaper. 


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