Last Friday we took a look at some of the ways that Virginia high school yearbooks have celebrated their graduates in the past, but there were so many unique and interesting ways we couldn’t fit them all into one post. Enjoy some more unique yearbook images but be sure to also visit our new Virginia Digital Yearbook Collection LibGuide to learn how to easily find the yearbooks you are interested in.
How you see yourself might differ from how your classmates see you however. Class prophecies (and wills, see below) were a hallmark of early, smaller high school classes. Generally written by one or two people, they did tend to cast their classmates in the best positive light…most of the time…John Gilliland’s classmates at Naruna High School in 1947 prophesied that he would become something even worse than a bootlegger, an unsuccessful bootlegger.
Senior superlatives have lost favor in recent years (some older volumes have some less than complimentary categories) but they have a very long history in yearbooks complete with amusing photographs that allow students to show themselves in a more relaxed pose.
And of course, the whole idea is to celebrate how far these graduates have come – so why not show where it started? Collages of baby photos are always a favorite!
Our new Virginia Digital Yearbook Collection LibGuide lets you easily browse the yearbooks available via County/City and High School to find editions that were donated for scanning by public libraries all over the Commonwealth. New books are added on a regular basis so be sure to check back soon if you do not currently see yours.