The Pride opens April 16 at Red Mountain High
The public exhibition is open from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 16-20 in the library at 7301 E. Brown Road, Mesa.
Students are learning history by doing history. They're telling the story of "The Pride: Red Mountain Then and Now" to celebrate Arizona's Centennial and to prepare for the high school's 25th anniversary.
The public history project includes exhibits, brochures, banners and souvenir postcards.
The event is open to the public from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 16-20 in the library at 7301 E. Brown Road, Mesa. Admission is free. Please check in at the office for a visitor's pass before proceeding on campus.
Fifty Red Mountain block students worked with 20 future teachers in Arizona State University's History Education Program.
The Red Mountain students also worked with humanities experts; consultants on community history, oral history, writing and new media; the Arizona Historical Society; Red Mountain alumni; and Red Mountain teachers past and present.
They documented, archived and created exhibits on the school's history, with a focus on:
- academics, the arts, athletic championships, service and alumni
- a day in the life of a Red Mountain student in 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013
- Red Mountain's 25th anniversary
- the impact of national and international events
- how Red Mountain has changed over time
The Arizona Historical Society was used as a model of public history. The pilot project was funded by a grant from the Arizona Humanities Council.
Pre-service educators in ASU's History Education Program gained teaching experience, and the Red Mountain block class learned about collaborating, oral history techniques, researching, gathering sources, writing, analyzing and synthesizing information, graphic design, exhibition design, archiving, editing and using technology effectively.
The MPS-ASU collaboration was spearheaded by Red Mountain's Brad Kaufman, social studies chair, and Diana Sokol, English teacher, and by ASU history education instructors Megan Gately and Marcie Hutchinson.
The Red Mountain project will allow for future documentation and presentation of history and will serve as a model to other Mesa high schools.