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January 22, 2017

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Page 1 - 20th Reunion: At Last We Are One Class - Integration Ruined High School But I Found I'm Past That Now - written by Patrice Gaines, DuVal Class of 1967.  Published in the Washington Post on September 12, 1987.

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Nancy Lawrence on February 5, 2017 8:35 AM
Patrice, I wish I could read your article, but my eyes are not what they once were.  That I didn't reach out to you and your fellow students who were bussed to DuVal and attempt to welcome you is something I have regretted all my life.  I apologize.
Nancy
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Kathy Atkins Speece on April 4, 2017 3:21 PM
I can't tell you how many times over the years this article has come into my thoughts.  I moved to NJ in 1972, married and had two kids.  I traveled back and forth to MD over the years to visit my family.  My Mom never missed her daily Washington Post and read it cover to cover.  In 1987 I came home for a visit and Mom had saved this article for me. She said this was a important article.  That started a weekend of discussions.
I did not love high school. No, I was not one of the "in" crowd. Yes, I was lucky to have good friends. But why do kids always want to also be in the "in" crowd? I felt inferior in every way. My hair was to stringy, my clothes were from Sears or Montgomery Wards, I was not a cheerleader, pom pom or majorite.  If I wanted some fad item, I would get the knock off, never the brand name. So shallow. 
And here was this small group of teenagers that were bussed to DuVal that had to not only try to just be a teenager but had to do it where it seemed no one cared. 
I am so sorry that I was not a nicer, kinder person.  I was too self absorbed to realize that other kids felt  out of place too or worst that they were not in the place of their choice. I am sorry I did not reach out. I know now that you never have too many friends. 
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Diane McClain on April 9, 2017 11:51 PM
That was a well written, insightful article by Patrice Gaines.  It truly helped me understand  the "real" student environment of DuVal back in those days.  And yes, I'm thinking  there were probably many white girls and guys who were shy and insecure and/or self-absorbed that didn't know how to reach out to others  regardless of color, myself  included.   I made a new friend last Summer at the Class of 1969 Mini-Reunion at Glenn Dale Golf Course--Irston Hair.  It was  an honor to meet this very nice black guy who was DuVal's Class President for 1969!  YAY Tigers!
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January 22, 2017

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January 22, 2017

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20th Reunion: At Last We Are One Class - Integration Ruined High School But I Found I'm Past That Now - written by Patrice Gaines, DuVal Class of 1967.  Published in the Washington Post on September 12, 1987.

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January 21, 2017

High School Memories

I can't say high school was my favorite time of life.  I was very shy and self-conscious about my clothes, my hair, etc..  (Now I realize how normal that really was, lol!)  Anyway, one day I was walking to class. I walked near the wall out of the way of the rush of oncoming students switching classes. As I approached the teachers' lounge, one of the teachers opened the door and the door hit me right in the face!  I don't know which teacher it was but my gosh did it hurt!! What a memorable da...

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