GHS Compass Yearbook: Tracking Greenwich’s Teens through Technology

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The inside cover of the first Greenwich High School yearbook. Photo: Compass yearbook 1939

The Compass, the Greenwich High School Yearbook, has been published for more than seventy years! It’s lived through six wars, thirteen presidents, and countless other changes to our society.

The Compass gives us a glimpse of how these changes affected Greenwich teenagers. See the changes in technology at Greenwich High and the elements of Greenwich High that no longer exist.

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Members of the Radio Club learned about the construction and operation of transmitters and broadcasted to other radio clubs across America through their own transmitter. Photo: Compass yearbook 1940

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Technology caused the creation of many clubs at Greenwich High School, but many of these clubs were made obsolete by newer technologies.

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Members of the Typing Club worked to master the skill of keyboarding before there was such thing as a computer keyboard. At the time typing ability was essential if to enter into the business world. Photo: Compass yearbook 1940

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The Slide Rule club was very popular in the 1950s. The slide rule was used for multiplication, division, roots, logarithms, and trigonometry but was made obsolete by the handheld scientific calculator. Photo: Compass yearbook 1950

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The Slide Rule club was very popular in the 1950s. The slide rule was used for multiplication, The Audio Visual Aids Club learned how to use movie cameras and projectors and enabled Greenwich High students to learn from films. Photo: Compass yearbook 1960

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The Audio Visual Club, which existed in the 1970s, helped teachers by working with printers, Xerox machines, and other electronic equipment. Photo: Compass yearbook 1970

 

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The Computer Club experimented with computers and competed in the New England Computer Math League. Photo: Compass yearbook 1980

 

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The Radio Club returned in the 1990s, but with a different purpose. This club produced a radio show called Reel to Real and Dee-Jayed. Photo: Compass yearbook 1990

 

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The TV club produced a TV show called the Spectrum. Members were anchors, writers, camera technicians, and interviewers. Photo: Compass yearbook 1990

 

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The Robotics Club, which still exists today, enters robotics competitions and works to promote interest in science and technology. Photo: Compass yearbook 2000

See also: Class of 1975 Reunion Committee Reminiscences: Hitch Hiking, Drinking Age 18, Legendary Class Prank


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