Both Tom Rice and Scott Cowperthwaite ’82 fondly recall this trip and must take center stage as our guides for this segment of school history.
When the ninth graders and their chaperones stayed in a Spanish Hacienda, they heard tales of the resident ghost. Scott’s mentioned to Ms.Fetter his class’s encounters with the legendary ghost, “The management told us about the ghosts as a matter of fact, but, of course, nobody believed it. Late that night, when we were all huddled around the fire telling stories, we heard a single odd buzz, the kind that makes you take notice. Then, the lights went out. Suddenly, we all became believers.”
Mr. Rice has never discussed any midnight encounters with the ghost, but he loved this trip, with its emphasis on (the) “co-mingling of three cultures, Anglo, Hispanic, and Native America.” The trip which began in 1981, was remarkable in its attempts to make the trip interdisciplinary. “In history, I may address a topic like Blue Lake, and how the Indians got it back. In art class we study how culture is reflected in . . . art and architecture. We look at reasons why people settled there, and how geology and geography affected the area.”
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