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Skyview memories

From Leo Wohler, first associate principal, former principal: "We were a Class B school with just ninth- and 10th-graders, and it was a difficult challenge for them to play against other varsity teams, with more experienced players.

"Senior and West had a lot of traditions, and at the time one was the sophomore games were not a big deal. At Skyview, it was our varsity playing their sophomore

teams. We had cheerleaders, majorettes, the band for an intra-city football game, and their team was not happy about it.

"The education community understood Skyview, but the community itself hadn't accepted it yet then. …

"In the first year, we'd ordered a bus to take the cross country team to Colstrip, but the bus didn't show up. It was getting later and later, and finally we were getting parents together to drive the kids there.

"At 9:30, a half-hour after we were supposed to

leave, the bus showed up. The driver had gone to Colstrip to pick up the kids because he thought Skyview was in Colstrip. …

"When we first started at Lincoln Junior High, teachers ate with the kids for lunch because they were automatically there.

"At bigger schools, they had duty to be in the cafeteria, but there was a rapport so students would walk up and sit with teachers. They learned it was OK to have adult friends."

From Kurt Wohler, current Skyview teacher and former student: "I remember the first win of girls' basketball, and you would have sworn we had just won the state championship, and it was just a game against Hardin.

"I was an eighth-grader at the time, but I remember being part of the crowd that rushed the floor.

"For the football team, one year we had a big win over Great Falls High. We had hardly done anything, and they were the state champions."

From Dave Williams, former Skyview teacher and current executive director of Facility Services, Activities and Traffic Education for District 2: "The new building opened 20 years ago, and there was quite a bit of excitement, especially around the Heights. It was was built over the previous couple of years, and lots of people went up sightseeing to watch the progression of the building and the first year that we opened was really exciting because we all had new desks, doors, windows … everything was pretty much sparkling at that time."

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