History of Freshman Technology

A timeline regarding the history of Freshman Technology class at Ault/Highland High School from 1935 to the present.

By Paul Burkhard, copyright 2017.

1935-09-27 00:00:00

The Birth of Freshman Technology

In 1935, the first Freshman Technology class was held at Ault High School in Ault, Colorado. Notice the emphasis on typewriters. The class was actually held part-time in a spare English classroom for the first 3 years of its existence. Students were required to keep their typewriters in their lockers and bring them to class each day.

1959-10-31 08:38:45

Technology Robot

Then Technology instructor Mr. Yuengling amazes everyone by wearing a realistic robot costume for Halloween. Although he had trouble lecturing that day, everyone was entertained by his antics.

1963-05-21 00:00:00

The Great Typewriter Purge

In a fit of mild rage at the lackluster performance of her students, then Freshman Technology teacher Mrs. Frobusham took all 26 Freshman Technology typewriters and threw them out the window of the Tech Lab. They landed, destroyed, in a large pile that sat for almost 4 months until Mrs. Frobusham was forced to replace all of the typewriters out of her own pocket.

1970-09-05 08:38:45

The First Printer at Highland High School

The Technology Lab received a major new piece of equipment this year, as the first printer was installed. This combination typewriter, LCD readout cartridge printer was a marvel and heavily used by students and teachers alike.

1971-09-01 00:00:00

Mr. Otek and the First Computer.

In 1972, Mr. Otek, then Freshman Technology instructor, purchased the first computer for use at the Highland School District. The machine was very complicated and was never actually used in Freshman Technology class, even though it sat in the Tech Lab for almost 13 years.

1981-10-31 08:38:45

New Computers

Sophomores Elizabeth Darling and Cassidy Smith are both amazed by the new computer in the Tech Lab. This machine has a 512K memory and accepts 8.5 inch floppy diskettes.

1984-05-02 17:52:29

The "Computer Chess" Controversy

In what is likely the first computer controversy on the Highland campus, Tech Teacher Mr. Redwing demonstrates the CompuChess program, which was illegally used to win a Chess Club championship by Junior Bill Blackenship, who was actually suspended for this incident.

1984-08-01 00:00:00

The First Computer Class

The first actual computer class at Highland High School was offered in the fall semester of the 1984 school year. Students learned how to call up directories and program a crude version of Pong.

1985-04-01 09:47:50

The "Compulympics"

In a school first, the Highland "Compulypics Team" attended the "First Annual National Compulympics Competition", held in Bowerville, Idaho. The Husky team finished in second place out of 74 competing teams. Teams programmed games based on suggested themes in the competition. Shown working late nights on their program, Senior Mike Malloy and Junior Brad Dagstrup were co-captains of the team. "I really think that our improvised Onion Chopping Game was amazing!" said Brad.

1986-09-08 07:03:57

The First Spreadsheet Assignment

With the arrival of new Lotus 123 software, Freshmen Technology students are now learning how to use spreadsheets. Freshman Louise Campbell completes her "Teacher's Lunch Problem" on the computer.

1987-09-20 00:00:00

The First Color Computer

Freshman Doogie Schneed checks out the new Epson 1005 Color Computer in the Tech Lab. Seen as a major advance in the Graphic Design class, this computer saw extensive use in the creation of published school materials, such as the Yearbook and school newspaper.

1990-09-20 00:00:00

The Computer Blues

The Highlander Yearbook pages discuss the loss of the computer lab when the new gym was constructed this fall. Students had to go back to hand writing papers. Everyone was distraught.

1992-09-20 00:00:00

The Favorite Thing Project

Mr. Blutarsky was the first teacher to require the completion of the "Favorite Thing" Paper in Freshman Technology class, being completed here by Freshman Allison Frisch. Originally, students only wrote the Favorite Thing Paper. Additions to this quarter-long project such as the Favorite Thing Survey, the Favorite Thing Timeline and the Favorite Thing Presentation came later.

2015-08-14 00:00:00

Mr. Burkhard begins teaching Freshman Technology.

In one of the most glorious events in all of the history of Freshman Technology, Mr. Burkhard began to teach the class to a group of super-excited Freshmen. This really seemed to take the course to the next level, with "Freshman Technology" being given the highest possible points in student satisfaction on the end-of-the-year students academic surveys.

2019-04-30 00:00:00

Mr. B. puts a picture of his kitty on the timeline.

In an effort to demonstrate for students how to put a photograph into a Tiki-toki.com timeline, Mr. B. put a photo of his kitty in his timeline. While this is not Mr. B.'s actually kitty, it is of the same breed, Cornish Rex.

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