For those of you who have forgotten what high schools like, or just remember the drama and pushing and shoving, Hinkley High School is a great place to revisit and get your fill of high school activities and good memories! This school is home of the Thunder Birds and is a world class learning environment were all students show T-Bird pride. The first thing you should see is the giant thunder bird mural in the gym were this giant bird is bursting its way through the brick ready to pounce on its opponents.
There's a really cool attraction under the main staircase in the atrium. The time capsule! The class of 2011 placed a bunch of random items in a sealed chamber for peo-ple years later to open and see how we lived today.
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Two fun events that you can see in the spring are Culture Fest and Taste and IB. Hinkley had over a hundred different cultures and it's celebrated at both events. The Culture Fest is all performing and students perform to the whole school their different culture dances and songs and other traditions. The Taste of IB is like a smaller version of the Taste of Colorado. There are lots of games and activities and performances scattered around and lots of food! You buy tickets or a "passport" at the beginning and travel to each both based on different places around the world.
The trophy cases, banners, and pictures around the school show all of the schools precious achievements and successful students. Two really good places to see these are by the main gym and down the performing arts hallway. Both have had many awards and big achievments.
If you want to stand in the presence of extreme commitment and love and dedication and family history, a good place to check out is the Hinkley auditorium. The stage has a huge history with just the floor itself having layers and layers of paint from hundreds of shows performed on that stage, not to mention all the hundreds of students who have walked, talked, laughed, sang, cried, and bled across it, whether it is through the performing arts department or an assembly or orientation.
The entire staff has amazing stories and would be extremley fun to meet, however, there are a few shining stars. Matthew Willis is the celebrity of the school. He won the Nation's Top Assistant Principle of the year award. He has made a big difference to the school and is continuing do so. Marie Hayden has taught at Hinkley the longest and is an amazing and very talented choir teacher. She has led her students to very high success every year. She teaches many classes and her top choir is all a cappella. She is known to all the students ad is very highly respected and sings a special song to every senior class that she wrote herself. Bob Bosied is the attendance dean and wither the most loved or the most feared staff member in the school. His booming voice and sharp whistle can make your hair stand on end yet his joking personality and smile make him an enjoyable person.
While at Hinkley you should definatly watch a couple games and a show or two. Both will keep you on edge and entertained. Other fun things to see are the Aurora Lights Students going to work in the labs or the students creating elaborate pieces. Every area of the school has something to show and is worth seeing. It is an unusual tourist attraction but a school year of fun!
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