Due to the drought, the Senior Lawn is no longer a lawn. Over the summer, the school made the Senior Lawn drought friendly by replacing the grass with mulch and drought tolerant plants. Not only was the green grass taken from the lawn, the memories of the Senior Lawn’s history were taken as well. The Senior Lawn was a place where seniors could eat lunch, play a game of catch, and mingle with friends, all while being outside in the sun.
Many schools around the world have senior lawns, but the San Marcos Senior Lawn was special. Many current students have parents, aunts or uncles, older siblings or even grandparents who graduated from San Marcos and who once used the Senior Lawn. The Senior Lawn was a place where Royal history was made.
“I used the Senior Lawn all the time,” Cady Huffman, a 1982 graduate said, “I sat around, slept and ate lunch there everyday. There were definitely groups of friends sitting all over the lawn. The senior lawn is just such a great location.”
For 56 years, San Marcos has provided a luscious lawn for seniors to make memories to last their whole life.
However, given its rich history the Senior Lawn was not for everybody. Some people chose to use the Senior Lawn everyday while others chose to use it only a few times throughout the year. Some chose not to use it at all.
“I hung out on the Senior Lawn every once in awhile, but I often hung out in the quad,” said Michael Kiyoi, who graduated in 2002 and is the school’s current band director.
California is in a stage three drought, and everyone wants to do their part, but did our Senior Lawn have to go? The Senior Lawn did not influence everyone’s high school experience, but for the ones that it did, those students wouldn’t be able to imagine their days without it.