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This Academy Rocks

Before there was “Rock School” (the documentary) or “School of Rock” (the movie and musical) there was Hickman High School’s very own Academy of Rock. It was just about 15 years ago that Hickman students approached their teacher, Phil…

The World Of Dungeons & Dragons

 Six plastic miniature creatures — dwarves, elves, dragons, the gamut — ride aboard a small, two-dimensional boat, drawn in dry-erase marker on a brown checkered board. Five men and a young girl surround the board, each with about two dozen…

STICKS AND STONES …

Kara Bennett doesn’t know why her classmates turned on her. Some of them had been her friends, but that year they singled her out and began picking on her because she didn’t dress like them, didn’t wear makeup like them and didn’t fix her…

Rock Bridge Debate Team For The Win

The black plastic box holds about 300 sheets of paper: studies, articles, prepared statements. Sara Ashbaugh, a senior at Rock Bridge High School, grips the box’s handle as she enters a classroom and yet another round of public forum…

Football Night In Columbia

Produced by Chelsea Land Rock Bridge High School and Hickman High School played each other for the first time in 1981. They met again in 1994 and 1995; since 2000, they have played every year in the Providence Bowl, named after the street…

The Kewpie Bunch

With 725 graduating seniors, Hickman High School’s class of 1973 was the largest the school has ever seen. The following fall, Rock Bridge High School opened and this fall, 40 years later, Muriel Williams Battle High School opens on the…

Ready For Battle

In the same year that Rock Bridge High School celebrates its first 40 years, another high school throws open its doors for the first time. Named in honor of Muriel Williams Battle, esteemed Columbia educator and champion of desegregation in…

Myth Busters

“Oreo” wasn’t a word Myah McCrary had ever associated with anything other than milk and cookies, but one day in the sixth grade, she realized the word was being directed at … her! It wasn’t long before she understood the new context — Myah,…

Fixing Columbia’s Schools

When it comes to the Columbia School District, I only know what I read in the press. By the summer I arrived here from California eight years ago my twin daughters had just graduated college. All those years of shepherding the girls through…