Catlin Teachers and Counter-Culture

By Simon McMurchie

Catlin Gabel School, Catlin Speak

As a student in the Catlin Gabel high school, it’s easy to see teachers as just teachers, and to forget that they lived entire lives before they started grading papers. Many of them grew up in an incredibly interesting period of American history, and they have the stories to prove it.

The 50s, 60s and 70s were filled with oddball narratives and a cultural revolution that spawned civil unrest and a highly political student movement. Recognizing a good opportunity, I set out to capture some of the stories from that era, through the lens of the Catlin faculty that lived them.

It’s important to reflect on what it means to be a kid in today’s society, and one of the ways we can do so is by listening to the stories of older generations, most of whom lived through a much more turbulent time than the average high-schooler today.

Students in the 60s and 70s were much more prone to fight for what they believed in, and to push for change in society. Perhaps their messages can provide inspiration to modern-day youth looking to make an impact.

About Grace Masback

Grace Masback, 17, aspires to give voice to the voiceless and holds the modest ambition of becoming the voice of Gen Z. Frustrated by the dearth of impactful platforms for teen journalists, she founded WANT, a news, sports, and entertainment website that aggregates the best in high school journalism from school newspapers and teen bloggers around the world (

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