Parker's 50 anniversary
Blessed with an abundance of talented athletes in a variety of sports, it didn't take Parker High School long to establish itself as a powerhouse in the Big Eight Conference.
In an editorial dated Dec. 16, 1966, the Janesville Daily Gazette suggested it was time for the former Janesville High School to reconsider its mascot, the bluebird.
Back in 1968, girls participated in water ballet while boys had 10 sports. Ink wasn't allowed in lockers, not even in a school named after a pen magnate. And everyone had to wear socks.
A variety of factors kept Parker High School from opening on time. For the first five months of the 1967-68 school year, students attended school in shifts.