The Zephyrhills News has always been a supporter of education. The News featured a student-written column entitled, School Daze, between 1954 and 1986. A high school senior wrote a weekly news column for the local newspaper as the roving school reporter. These news articles gave a real flavor of school life in each era. The writing styles and expertise vary from year to year. The student reporters assumed the responsibility for the weekly column for the year and took responsibility for selecting and reporting the school news to the community. Throughout time student reporters included: 1954-Shirley Dixon; 1955-Susanne Coolidege; 1956-George Trebour; 1958-Margie Braden; 1959-Dedi Anderson; 1960-Sandra Pricher; 1961-Judy Surratt; 1963-Bobbie June Chambless; 1964-Jere Alston; 1965-Susan Bucey; 1966-Sandra Clark; 1967-Marcia Deming;1968-Jannette Dunnigan; 1969-Kathy Shannon; 1970-Lynn Murphy; 1971-Valerie Wickstrom; 1978-Darlene Roman; 1979-Sharon Hasting; 1980-Nancy Deboe; 1981-Bruce Sofinski; 1982-Lynn Thompson; 1983-Tracy Dunlap; 1984-Jill McDougall; 1985-Kim Kagey; and 1986-Jennifer Sibley.
Throughout the 1960’s and 70’s, the Zephyrhills News also printed the Zephyrhills School Newspaper.To give you the flavor of the School Daze, we have included a few excerpts:
Lynn Murphy wrote on March 19, 1970: “Lock, Stock and Lipstick” promises to be one of the funniest and most exciting Junior Class plays ever performed on the ZHS stage.”
Sandra Pricher reported on January 27, 1961: “The film, Spirit of St. Louis will be shown to all students this week.”
Darlene Roman included in her School Daze on May 24, 1979: “The epidemic known as senioritis, characterized by a lack of interest in studies and extra-curricular activities, drowsiness, and acute apathy has spread throughout the school like wildfire…”