How Has Time Changed Central’s Yearbook?

Champaign Central High School has been up and running since the 1860’s, around 150 years ago, so what was it like back then? Yearbooks serve as a book of memories for the previous school year, flipping through the the old books can give an interesting look into the past. The oldest Central yearbook, as of now, is from 1911 and the most recent is from 2018. How do the two compare?

There are many differences between the two books. The biggest differences are definitely in the color, design, and quality. The front cover of the oldest yearbook is simple and is only a few shades of brown compared to the colorful galaxy cover of the 2018 yearbook. The quality of the newest book is better, a given. There are many more pictures compared to the 1911 book.

Looking at the beginning of each, the pages of the 1911 yearbook are plain and they jump right into pictures of the students. An interesting part is the quotes and the short two sentence descriptions of the people. An example, “Always calm and reserved, seldom smiles, but is always good-natured, only talks when spoken to. It is rumored that she was actually seen walking home with a boy.” As well as “To do a thing well takes time, this is why it took “Mac” five years to pass through H.S. He has been in our class only a short time and has proved his head contains something more than just nonsense.” These slightly aggressive quotations are not something you’d find in the 2018 yearbook as there’s a lot more students now.

Another interesting part from the 1911 book that can’t be found in the 2018 book is the “Wills” section where seniors write a short will. A couple examples are, “Howard Darrah – wills his right to sleep in the Assembly room to Harold Clark” and “Clarence Dickey – wills part of his surplus brain to incoming freshman, to be decided by matching pennies.” Again, this is something that can’t be found in the most recent yearbooks. And since the 1911 and 2018 yearbooks are over 100 years apart, there’s not a lot that similar. The only big similarity was the senior quotes. It seems to be a tradition that’s lasted for more than 100 years.

In conclusion, there’s a lot more differences between books made a 100 years apart than there are similarities. It’s interesting to compare the oldest book to the newest one and see how things have changed over time and perhaps give insight on the future. It begs the question, what will the 2100 yearbook will look like?

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