There’s a little something to be said for being the first to do something. Cleveland High School’s Class of 2014 laid claim to their own first when they walked across the stage at graduation ceremonies last week.
In doing so, they became the first group of students to have their entire experience at the newly-reestablished Cleveland High School.
Sure, there have been other graduating classes before them. But those students spent only a portion of their high school career at Cleveland High School. This year’s class went from beginning to end.
And in doing so, they played a big role in establishing the expectations of future Cleveland graduates in terms of both academic and athletic achievement. They will also be held responsible, more than their peers, for bringing a wildly disparate community together.
Long a central part of any community, a school brings together people from different backgrounds and gives them a common, shared experience. For the Class of 2014, that experience all took place in Cleveland, the community they call home. With the end of high school, Cleveland High’s new graduates will splinter off in many different directions. But they will share a common life experience that no other class before them or after will be able to replicate.
That’s an asterisk that will link them all together forever.