Our generation is the iGeneration … thanks to one genius October 27, 2011 — by Mac Hyde Our generation is unlike any previous. We have grown up in a time of relative world stability in a country that is alone in the world as power. We have grown up in a region of the world that relies dominantly on white collar jobs. We are the first to grow up in a world with computers and more importantly, the first to grow up with a device that puts the entire world at our fingertips. read more » Seen but not heard September 13, 2011 — by Mac Hyde I am not used to going unheard. In fact, many people (my mother included) find it impossible to tune me out at times. I’ll confess—I’ve probably been the loudest, most obnoxious person to ever inhabit this campus (save for James Knight, perhaps). However, for some strange reason, every Tuesday and Thursday, I feel completely silent. read more » Hard work and horseplay: Summer Projects for Hyde Manor May 17, 2011 — by Mac Hyde As we conclude another successful, action-packed school year, we all have little wish lists for the summer or for the upcoming school year (or may be it’s just me). Having lived at Saratoga High for 16 unusual years, my mother has been living—I mean working here —since the end of the Ford administration. I have come to think of it as something of my own private mansion. read more » Complaining about complaining April 26, 2011 — by Mac Hyde We have been cited as the most litigious society this planet has ever seen and now we can add one more title. Chief Complainers. Americans complain about everything from the weather to taxes to our food. read more » Complaining about complaining April 26, 2011 — by Mac Hyde We have been cited as the most litigious society this planet has ever seen and now we can add one more title. Chief Complainers. Americans complain about everything from the weather to taxes to our food. read more » Complaining about complaining April 21, 2011 — by Mac Hyde We have been cited as the most litigious society this planet has ever seen and now we can add one more title. Chief Complainers. Americans complain about everything from the weather to taxes to our food. Don’t get me wrong, complaining isn’t always bad. If we didn’t complain about the British rule in the colonies, we most likely would still be drinking tea and driving on the left side of the road. There is a line which I think society has crossed, though. We have become so self-centered that we now pick on the very institutions that we passed through not too long ago. read more » New fence in parking lot angers students; school cites safety issues December 16, 2010 — by Christine Bancroft and Mac Hyde Starting Dec. 6 many students were surprised when they pulled into the parking lot in the morning, only to find their usual parking spaces cordoned off for the construction of a new fence. In addition to newly painted crosswalks, the construction represents the school’s efforts to improve the parking situation and increase in the lot. read more » Events Commission resurrects sports Hall of Fame Tradition December 15, 2010 — by Mac Hyde In 2006, the Events Commission decided that it was time to honor former Saratoga athletes. This came after criticism by many in the community that Saratoga High School had become the academic magnet of the district while Los Gatos High School had quickly taken over the athletic realm. The Events Commission, under the leadership of alumnus Katrin Cooper sought to change this opinion and tested the idea of the Athletic Hall of Fame on a number of the school community members. read more » E-society: Teens spend too much time using electronics to communicate December 10, 2010 — by Mac Hyde Take a walk down a typical high school’s hallways today, and you will might find more students using iPods and cellphones than holding an actual conversation. It’s part of a disturbing trend among Millennials (Those born between 1982-2001). read more » Gautam Bhayani: Backstage Boy November 9, 2010 — by Mac Hyde Junior Gautam Bhayani’s typical extra curricular assignment isn’t your typical assignment, unless that assignment regularly involves power tools, enough electricity to power your average house, or building the superstructure of a ocean liner. read more » Nina Mohanty: Dancing Diva November 9, 2010 — by Mac Hyde Senior Nina Mohanty, ASB Vice President, could very well have another moniker, that of Saratoga High’s Prima Ballerina. Nina started dancing when she was three and has never turned back. Her mother took her to the San Francisco ballet in her formidable years for inspiration. read more » Isabel McPherson: Musical Prodigy November 9, 2010 — by Mac Hyde Junior Isabel McPherson is no ordinary band student, unless you count being in practically every music group there is as ordinary. She is a member of jazz band, marching band and orchestra. McPherson has played six different instruments over her life, and actively plays four: violin, base, base guitar and baritone. read more » Government students work Polls November 9, 2010 — by Mac Hyde On election day, Saratoga voters will find some fresh faces assisting them in the great democratic process. Seniors in teacher Kirk Abe's government classes are being offered the chance to staff the polls at voting centers around the area on Nov. 2. Not only is this a great way to get newly minted voters interested in voting, but it is a chance for students to see how democracy actually works, Abe said. read more » String of burglaries on campus ends in arrest September 23, 2010 — by Mac Hyde and Synthia Ling Disappearances of items, an elusive criminal and a high-tech police scheme—Saratoga High School, located in a sleepy suburb known for its low crime rate, hardly seems like the place for all these things to occur. But while students relaxed over summer break, police and administrators worked to track down a thief. read more » Even the SAT and ACT have histories September 23, 2010 — by Mac Hyde Just the mere mention of the SAT and its counterpart, the ACT, conjures images of late night studying and massive prep books. These six letters often guide the future for high schoolers who hope to go to competitive colleges. While we all are familiar with the test, few if any, of us have taken the time to step back and ask, how did these two tests become the gateway to college? read more » Toga girls make waves at CCS June 6, 2010 — by Serena Chan and Mac Hyde Saratoga Girls dominated CCS this year coming in at sixth place. Seniors Megan Nolet, Elizabeth Murray and Laurnen Opatrny all gave stunning performances in their last meet of their high school career. Despite set backs in which a confusing meet schedual caused missed races, the Falcons went on to achieve best times in CCS Finals. Lauren Opatrny achieved 56.10 in her 100 yard backstroke, placing second in finals. read more » Girls’ Swimming Season Recap: Swimming ends solid season ranked 6th in CCS June 1, 2010 — by Mac Hyde and Serena Chan 1. Season Record: 3-3 2. Highlight of the Season: At CCS, the Toga girls ranked 6th overall. Lauren Opatrny, Natalie Cheung, Elizabeth Murray and Megan Nolet swam the 200 Medley Relay and placed third. The 400 Free Relay swum by the four seniors Christine La, Elizabeth Murray, Megan Nolet and Lauren Opatrny placed fifth. read more » Students reach out on MLK Jr. Day in a day of service January 28, 2010 — by Mac Hyde and Emily Williams On Monday, Jan. 18, the school held its first annual Martin Luther King Jr. community service day. Ninety-seven students and 30 adult volunteers attended an event sponsored by the Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO). The different activities included preparing food for a local charity, creating care packages for soldiers overseas, making cards for seniors and participating in a Quad cleanup and a beach cleanup trip. Parents Sudha Sreenivasan and Dory Albert organized the service day with help from many other parents. read more » Science teacher sticks to core values December 11, 2009 — by Mac Hyde “Don’t laugh when you see the pictures of me and my big hair,” cautioned science teacher Lisa Cochrum. Thus began a trip down memory lane to Palo Alto High in Palo Alto, Calif., circa 1988. In many respects, the high school that Cochrum attended was very similar to high schools today. However, academics in the 1980s were not as emphasized as they are. Still, Cochrum took every opportunity to study science, her biggest interest and current career. read more » 50 years of Saratoga High: Homecoming wasn’t always a spirited spirit week October 30, 2009 — by Mac Hyde and Christine Bancroft Saratoga, 1977. Previous Homecomings had been lackluster and unenthusiastic. There was a Thanksgiving football game, but none of the decorations, quad dances and other festivities that came to be associated with the event. read more » Town, school celebrate school’s 50th year October 23, 2009 — by Sophia Cooper and Mac Hyde Saratoga High continued to celebrate its 50th anniversary with a busy weekend of events Oct. 9-10, including a panel discussion and alumni reception. read more » School’s API score climbs by 5 points October 16, 2009 — by Saniha Shankar and Mac Hyde After going up by a remarkable 25 points in API scores last year, administrators, teachers and students were happy to hear that the school's 2009 score has increased by another 5 points to 933. read more » Beautification moves school ahead October 2, 2009 — by Mac Hyde To many students, Saratoga High School is an ugly blight on the gently rolling foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. But compared to what it used to be, the current incarnation of SHS is the Palace Hotel. We should be happy with what we have, never mind what other schools have, because we have what most want: a strong communal feeling among the students. More can be done, but we should just accept the fact that, while we don't have the most beautiful campus, we are one of the best schools in the nation. read more » Home | News | Sports | Opinion | Columns | Features | Multimedia | Print | About | Terms & Conditions Copyright © 1959 - 2023 by The Saratoga Falcon. All Rights Reserved.